EUGENE, Ore. -- A Marine Corps veteran who was down on his luck just got the keys to his new home.
On Tuesday, St. Vincent de Paul held a grand opening for their 11th home in their Veteran's Housing Program.
The program allows military members to live affordably up to two years, which gives them time to ease back into civilian life, explore their options, and work toward self-sufficiency.
Marine Corps veteran Corporal Bradley Stenson is the first resident of the new home, which is located on Dove Lane next to Willamette High School. He said he has been living in his daughter's unheated garage since September and is thankful to have a new place to live.
The home is owned by the Bethel School District and is leased to St. Vincent de Paul. The two-bedroom home was recently refurbished with the help of donations and volunteers. School District officials said it is the fourth home they own which has been used for the program.
Officials with St. Vincent de Paul said every veteran who has been through the program has been able to find permanent housing afterward.