New Douglas County shelter to help survivors of domestic violence and wildfires

Staff told KEZI 9 News that they purchased a hotel with the intention of using it for temporary housing for domestic violence survivors, but it will also be used to help people without a home after the Archie Creek Fire.

Posted: Apr 20, 2021 6:23 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2021 9:36 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – There is a new shelter in Douglas County dedicated to helping domestic violence and wildfire survivors in their times of need.

The Peace at Home Advocacy Center in Roseburg is a nonprofit that aims to help survivors of domestic abuse. Staff told KEZI 9 News that they purchased a hotel with the intention of using it for temporary housing for those survivors. Because of this, executive director Melanie Prummer said they have to keep the name and location of the hotel confidential.

“A housing program, even a short-term housing program, helps people take that step towards independence,” she said.

Prummer said the hotel was purchased with a $2.8 million grant from the Oregon Community Foundation and Project Turnkey. They are currently distributing $65 million in state funding for the purpose of acquiring financially distressed motels and/or hotels for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk.

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However, she said they are not limiting their guests to domestic violence survivors. Prummer said they are hoping to rent a few rooms to survivors of the Archie Creek Fire who are still looking for temporary housing.

Peace at Home board chair Charley Thompson said they wanted a hand in helping the community as clean-up and recovery efforts continue.

“You know it’s just difficult to find a place, but it will take time,” said Thompson. “We’re just happy to provide that opportunity for people.”

Prummer said they have a few domestic violence survivors staying at the hotel right now. She said they expect their mass capacity to sit at 20 individuals or families.

She said they are also working on renovations, like adding a kitchen and pantry for those who are staying there.

“We’re looking at just adding some other services and staff to our program,” she said.

This isn’t the first hotel that has been purchased in our area to help the unhoused. In February, the Oregon Community Foundation and Project Trunkey helped Lane County purchase the Red Lion Hotel in Eugene for victims of the Holiday Farm Fire.

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