- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A neighborhood near downtown Eugene may be getting new affordable micro-housing units on a vacant lot purchased by a community development group.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1KWHp0R) nonprofit organization Opportunity Village Eugene bought a 1-acre lot late last month for $306,000 with the goal of putting 15 small bungalows there for people who would otherwise not have housing.

Board president Rev. Dan Bryant says his group worked with the Whiteaker neighborhood’s association to alleviate concerns that the development would bring more homeless to an area already popular among transients.

The council’s chairman said the group is in support of the project, where residents will pay between $150 and $200 in rent each month.

Opportunity Village Eugene, which will soon be named Square One Villages, needs to raise $400,000 to build the transitional housing units.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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