EUGENE, Ore. — Building support for a new permanent home for the homeless was the focus of a workshop Tuesday night.
Opportunity Village recruited an architect to help further their vision of a new home. Mark Lakeman was pivotal in establishing Dignity Village in Portland.
It’s similar to what those connected with Opportunity Village have proposed.
People trying to make this a reality say it would provide a safe area for the homeless with zero tolerance for drugs, alcohol or violence. They say it would be a perfect home for a new breed of homeless called economic refugees.
“Economic refugees have been working all their life, the last 20 years, and through no wrongdoing, they’ve lost their job, and that’s why they don’t have a home,” said Jean Stacey of Opportunity Village.
There are no confirmed locations for Opportunity Village. However, Eugene City Council has already discussed opportunities and will revisit the village when it returns from summer break.