St. Vincent de Paul, First Congregational Church to provide housing for families in need

FCC invites the community to tour the homes at an open house Sunday.

Posted: Dec 15, 2019 4:00 AM
Updated: Dec 15, 2019 8:09 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- St. Vincent de Paul in partnership with the First Congregational Church are hosting an open house Sunday for homes that will soon house families in need.

The U.S. Census reported that the median gross rent between 2013-2017 was $956, which can be difficult for some families, but that's where Saint Vincent De Paul and the First Congregational Church comes in.

Two families will move into the manufactured homes owned and managed by St. Vincent de Paul who will also work with each family to furnish and decorate their own homes. 

Both families consist of single mothers with multiple children.

"You yourself may not understand or realize that we have a housing crisis, cause it's very easy to close our eyes and look the other way, but we've reached a point now that we can no longer do that," said Lisa Oxman, member of the First Congregational Church.

This is a part of their "Connections" program which helps families as they work on building skills such as budgeting and parenting as they transition to permanent housing.

The church owns the land where the homes were built and members raised over $200,000 for site preparation.

"Our biggest hope is to support homeless families, help some families have the oppurtunity to get off the street," said Jenny Allen, member of the First Congregational Church. 

Several local businesses also donated materials and landscaping. 

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