St. Vincent de Paul plans housing project for homeless youth

St. Vincent de Paul is working to raise money for a new housing project for homeless teens. They plan to use an old church as the housing structure and the rennovations will cost about $1 million. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – St. Vincent de Paul and Hosea Youth Service is partnering with Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts to help provide housing to homeless students.

Officials say there are about 300 homeless youth enrolled in those school districts’ high schools. They say they are at extreme risk of dropping out.

St. Vincent de Paul said they want to help at-risk youth stay in school by converting the former Presbyterian church in Eugene into housing for students ages 16 through 18.

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The complex would house 14 youth, rent-free, for up to two years, as long as they remain in school.

“This is the first of its kind. So this is a really exciting opportunity for Eugene and Springfield to be on the leading edge of providing assistance for this population that really doesn't have a lot of opportunities in the community,” said Hillary Johnson, new projects coordinator with St. Vincent de Paul Lane County.

The remodel is estimated to cost $1 million.

So far, 20 percent of that cost has been raised through donations.

St. Vincent de Paul is also looking into federal funding to purchase the church building.

If you’d like to contribute to the project, click here.

They hope to complete the renovations by fall of 2017.

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