Friday, June 15, 2012

Eugene Weekly Slant 6-14-2012


"It’s decent weather now, but winter is coming. Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) is a nonprofit forming to organize and help manage a few acres of unused land in the city next fall, providing life-saving transitional shelter and assistance for people and families in desperate need. The project is evolving from the mayor’s Opportunity Eugene task force on homelessness, and is now including elements of permaculture and low-cost structures. Other cities, such as Portland with its Dignity Village, have created such places for people to be, but their success depends on support from a broad coalition of community groups, government agencies and dedicated individuals.
We can do it. The Occupy Eugene camps of last fall and winter proved that many of the challenges can be dealt with effectively. OVE promises to improve substantially on the Occupy model and a comprehensive plan is expected to go before the City Council July 23 in anticipation of a site before October. Where would this project locate? One possibility is the vacant Naval Reserve land at 13th and Chambers, across from the new Unitarian Universalist Church. Google “Opportunity Village Eugene” to read the mission statement and to get on emailing lists."


- Eugene Weekly