EUGENE, Ore. — Several local leaders and organizations came together Saturday to celebrate an innovative addition to the St. Vincent de Paul’s overnight car camping program. Two people were given a dry, warm roof over their heads in the form of wooden huts.
The Eugene City Council recently approved the wooden huts as part of the car camping program. Community members, including Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, welcomed the new Conestoga Huts at the Episcopal Church of Resurrection. It’s the first host site to step up and try out the huts.
Participant Mark Hubble says to finally have adequate shelter for himself and his belongings, where he can sleep through the night, is priceless.
“A safe place where I can leave my things, my sleeping bag, whatever, my life, and actually go in and achieve these goals I need to achieve to get myself into housing,” said Mark Hubble, Conestoga Hut Occupant.
The car camping program works as a temporary cushion for those who are struggling to find stable housing. Representatives of host sites in town say it is rewarding for both them, and those who finally have a safe place to call home. Over $18,000 was raised to build the huts; local businesses and community members pitched in with supplies and time to make it a reality.