Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Opportunity Village Eugene Founder To Speak In Eureka On Saturday

In Eugene, Oregon, local faith groups, religious leaders and volunteers have created Opportunity Village. It's a community of small houses for the unsheltered homeless. Each house is no more than 10 feet wide and was built with donated materials. Villagers pay just a dollar a night and there is no cost to taxpayers.

The founder of Opportunity Village in Eugene, Andrew Hebin will be here in Eureka for a talk at the Eureka Women's Club located at 1531 J Street on Saturday morning at 10:30 am.

Hebin will talk about the tiny house project which is being studied for duplication by many other cities. He will discuss how he got the Eugene City Council on board and how the project is able to house people for as little as $3.00 a bed night. The first project has an outside, common kitchen, a central shower and restroom area and other amenities. People wanting a place to say have to sign a contract that says they will abstain from illegal drugs or excessive alcohol use and that they will follow all of the many rules but many are willing to trade this for a safe and secure place to sleep and call home.

Hubin says the idea is to have these all over the place so that there isn't one hub or draw where homeless people congregate. He will be on a speaking tour through Northern California to propose how to start these projects regionally.

The event is open to the public and is free although donations will be greatly appreciated.


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