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Federal Funding Helps Eugene Homeless Teen Housing Project Move Forward

St. Vinnies has secured federal funds to buy the former home of Cascade Presbyterian Church in South Eugene for housing for homeless teens.
Rachael McDonald
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St. Vinnies has secured federal funds to buy the former home of Cascade Presbyterian Church in South Eugene for housing for homeless teens.

A project that would provide housing to homeless high schoolers in Eugene is moving forward thanks to federal funds approved this week.

St. Vinnies has secured federal funds to buy the former home of Cascade Presbyterian Church in South Eugene for housing for homeless teens.
Credit Rachael McDonald
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St. Vinnies has secured federal funds to buy the former home of Cascade Presbyterian Church in South Eugene for housing for homeless teens.

St. Vincent de Paul is looking to purchase a church in South Eugene to house 14 youths. Paul Neville with St. Vinnie’s says the $625 thousand federal HOME grant was approved this week by Eugene and Springfield, which administer the funds. Neville says they intend to purchase and remodel the church and turn it into housing for homeless teens.

Neville: “With the key provision that they remain in school and move towards graduation. This entire project is gaged to get homeless high school kids through high school and have them graduate.”

The plan is to provide free rent, meals and an on-site case manager. The HOME grant will allow St. Vinnie’s to purchase the church building by December. Neville says the agency needs to raise more money to renovate and operate the housing project, which they hope to open a year from now.

 

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.