EUGENE, Ore. — An affordable housing project headed by St. Vincent de Paul officially broke ground Friday.
Organizers say it’s been such a long process and they are elated to finally see all their hard work begin to materialize.
About 50 people gathered to celebrate the initiation of the $10 million project.
St. Vincent de Paul’s stellar apartments will have 54 units available for low income households.
Fourteen of those units will be set aside for national guard families and homeless veterans with families.
Mayor Kitty Piercy was there to show her support for a building that will have such great meaning to the community.
“The name is significant. The steller jay [sic] is a common Oregon bird and affordable housing should be common to everyone. Everyone in our community should have a safe, decent, affordable place to live,” Piercy said.
The building was also designed be energy efficient.
St. Vincent de Paul said the project couldn’t have been possible without the collaboration and help of several community groups including EWEB, Wells Fargo Bank, Lane ESD and the City of Eugene.