HHV Informational Meetings Wednesdays in January, Starting January 6

On Wednesday, January 6, at 6:30 pm, HHV will host the first of four informational meetings to present and discuss Habitat and Hope Village plans to construct and operate a new transitional housing facility on part of the north parking lot at UUCS. The goal is to provide safe, secure transitional housing for women at risk of chronic homelessness while they address individual barriers to traditional housing. To join the meeting click on the links below on January 6, at 6:30 pm.

Join on your computer or device:

Join on your phone (voice only):
1. Dial 253-215-8782 (Tacoma)
2. Enter the Meeting ID and #: 241 560 0027#
3. Enter the Passcode and #: 5J19Q4#

Additional meetings are scheduled for January 13, 20, and 27. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Among the issues that need to be resolved are the lack of bus service to this site, securing the property, and funding. The program being developed for this site in collaboration with the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) will serve only clients who have access to independent transportation. The program will also assure that only low needs adult female clients will occupy the facility. In order to join and remain in the program, they will have to be actively working to overcome individual barriers to traditional housing.

While not capable of solving the entire Marion County homelessness crisis, this program is designed to stop what Jimmy Jones, head of MWVCAA calls “the slow slide to street homelessness” for clients who qualify.

On February 7, UUCS will hold a Special Congregational Meeting for the UUCS congregation to vote on  a resolution allowing the UUCS Board to move forward with negotiations with HHV to build on unused property at the east end of the overflow parking lot.

An affirmative vote by the congregation is expected to be the culmination of nearly three years of research and planning, and the beginning of a county-wide fundraising effort. More importantly, it will put UUCS among a growing number of faith-based organizations actively coming to the aid of our roughly 1800 homeless neighbors..

More information about Habitat and Hope Village is on the web at http://habitatandhopevillage.org

Read the text of the Resolution

Review the HHV Farmhouse Project brochure:

Read the answers to some common questions.

Read what fellow congregants think.