EUGENE, Ore. — The grand opening of a home that will help veterans get back on their feet happens on Thursday. It’s part of the Veterans’ Housing Project.
More than 75 volunteers donated their time, materials and labor to refurbish the home on 1320 Jefferson St. One group, the University of Oregon Student Veterans, built the home’s deck.
Lane County donated the home that was originally on the fairgrounds property. Volunteers moved it to Jefferson St. this spring. It’s the fifth house in the Veterans’ Housing Project and it will provide affordable housing for a veteran and his or her family for two years.
“During that period of time it’s an opportunity for them to get back on their feet, get re-established and connected in the community, and once they move out, go through the same process and find another veteran and his family to rent the house,” says Kathy Wilson with the VA Housing Project Steering Committee.
Since the program started two and a half years ago, it has helped four veterans and their families. The project received funding from a number of sources including the Home Depot Foundation, the Doyle and Donna Shepherd Foundation, the City of Eugene’s Renter Rehab Program and EWEB.
The selection committee will be interviewing candidates on Friday. The veteran that is selected will enjoy the two-bedroom one-bath home for $550 per month.