EUGENE, Ore. — The percentage of homeless women in Eugene has steadily increased in the last decade.
Around 700 of the 2,000 homeless people in Eugene use the services provided by the Eugene Mission every single day.
Jack Tripp, the Eugene Mission’s executive director, says women are the fastest growing population in the homeless community and the local homeless community is growing fast.
He says the Eugene Mission unfortunately must keep up with that trend.
The Eugene Mission houses about 70 women a night. When its new building is up and running, it will be able to house about 50 more.
“What this allows is not only more space for the women, because we’ll be moving them into this new center, but it opens up the old center to be able to house another 40 to 50 male guests,” Tripp said.
Their existing housing for women is small and vertical, which makes it especially hard for women with mobility issues.
With the help of many local donors, the new, fully-funded center will provide functional, comfortable and more space.
The Eugene Mission has an acre and a half across the street. It plans to expand there as well.
The new facility for women should be open in December. Staff members urge anyone who is interested to come down and take a tour.