St. Vincent de Paul purchases building for new homeless teen shelter

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 bought the church it plans to transform in to a shelter for homeless youth Friday.

St. Vincent de Paul purchased the former Presbyterian Church on Willamette Street and 34th Avenue for $570,000.

The organization plans to invest $1 million in remodeling the building to house homeless teens.

The building can hold up to 14 teens. St. Vincent de Paul hopes to have residents beginning in the fall.

The residence is for 16 to 18 year olds – those at risk of dropping out of high school.

The building will include offices for a case work services manager and for a resident manager. The shelter will also provide mental health services and fulltime mentors.

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