EUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village Eugene is ready to head into its construction phase.
Friday the community gathered for their groundbreaking ceremony.
The vacant lot which used be a trailer park will soon be the site of a village for the homeless.
It will be equipped for 30 to 40 people.
Those involved in Opportunity Village say a year of hard work is finally paying off.
The city of Eugene granted a conditional use permit July 31st.
The transitional housing project is the result of local homeless advocates, non-profits and churches working together to end homelessness.
Those who will be calling it home, call it a blessing.
“There’s no kind of stability with couch surfing. However, everybody’s been very very nice to take me in you have no privacy, you have no space that you can retreat to that’s not got somebody else something in it,” said Eileen Fonseca, Opportunity Village resident.
Soon-to-be residents say they feel like family because they’ve experienced similar struggles.
Meanwhile — project organizers say they hope other states catch on to this idea and that it becomes a national effort to end homelessness.