New homeless shelter opens up in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - Homeless in our are are about to get a new roof over their heads.
The St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County gives families in need a new home by opening a new shelter. The shelter expands their program housing 20 families at a time, with 80 families annually.
The building, which is named The Annex, will be open year round, and care for those without a place to stay.
The Annex also gives residents more than a bed, but also family support, with therapeutic preschool and parenting education.
"Getting the families off the street and putting them in safe environment, that's our number one goal," said Eileen Chanti, with St. Vincent De Paul. "But then the real work starts when our families actually enter the program and there's goal setting and barrier busting to make sure that they can successfully get housing in the next ninety days."
In addition to shared rooms, the shelter will include bathrooms, a kitchen and living space. It gives the homeless population in our area a permanent home to call their own.
To stay at The Annex, a person must have a child under the age of 18 or proof of pregnancy, and no violent criminal background.