Funds Approved For Ex-offender Housing In Eugene

Jul 22, 2015
Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced state funding awards for 13 affordable housing developments. They will include a Eugene project for ex offenders looking to make a new start. 

Oaks at 14th will offer 54 units on oak patch rd in west Eugene.  The one bedroom apartments will provide permanent, affordable housing to ex offenders who have been successful in transitional housing facilities.  Steve Ochs is with the Lane County Housing Agency, which will oversee the development:

Rachael McDonald

A plan to build long-term housing for people who've been in prison is raising objections from neighbors. The proposal is to put in a 60 unit building in the neighborhood of Acorn Park in West Eugene.

Sponsors is a program that helps people who've been in prison get back into society. Director Paul Solomon:

Solomon: "Re-entry services consist of transitional housing, long-term housing, employment services, mentoring and a range of other services designed to help people transition successfully back into the community."

Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.