Eugene homeless village seeking residents

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 11:03 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A village for homeless people modeled on one in Portland could open this summer in Eugene.

The Register-Guard reports that organizers of Opportunity Village Eugene are accepting applications. They hope to find a dozen homeless people to open the village in July.

Organizers say they're looking for people who want to come to the village as a transition from the street to permanent housing.

The occupants will live in small dwellings called micro-housing. One variety is a 6-by-10-foot structure dubbed a "Conestoga hut."

The village next to the Public Works maintenance yard is expected to be financed by donations and built by volunteers.

The proposed housing area is patterned after Portland's Dignity Village, which is occupied and operated by formerly homeless people.

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