As Eugene site for unhoused continues to grow, so does hope

What will eventually be Eugene’s largest transitional shelter site is roughly halfway completed. Everyone Village in west Eugene is aiming to provide 100 spaces on its acreage, and give residents a safe and secure environment.

Among those residents is Elizabeth Deffenbaugh. 33. She wanted off the cold, damp streets of Eugene. Unable to meet renter qualifications and contending with disabilities and PTSD, she spent several years living in a tent near a dog park.

“It’s just kind of been an ongoing issue in my life since childhood,” she told KLCC. “I grew up in foster care and ran away from that, and just kind of traveled around with hippies so didn’t really have a home — a stable home — ever.”

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Brian Bull (KLCC)

It Takes a Village

Gabe Piechowicz scans a 3.5-acre lot scattered with RVs and points to an area out in the open field. “That’s where the Ferris wheel will

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