EUGENE, Ore. — After the city approved the new Conestoga huts as part of the St. Vincent de Paul overnight parking program, two people moved into their new places this weekend.
They finally have their own little something to call home. The occupants are still getting settled in, putting their own personal touches into what they call this safe, peaceful space.
Mark Hubble and Diane Sciacca are making the huts a home. For Sciacca, decoration is the key. For Hubble, it’s books and photos that are constant reminders of why he’s there.
But the bottom line, these innovative structures provide a warmth and safety that have helped nix the physical stress of not knowing where to go at night.
“It’s 100 times better than being in a tent, only because it gives you that privacy that you may want and/or need,” Hubble said.
“They made it bare bones, so obviously we can decorate to our heart’s content and totally make it ours,” Sciacca said.
Community members, businesses and shelter organizations put $18,000 into construction and plan to build more in the near future.
Both Sciacca and Hubble say although they’re standing on somewhat of a stable stepping stone now, they say their fight for those who are still unhoused will keep on.