New village for homeless services breaks ground in Bend
Construction is underway on a new 10-unit village in Bend for homeless people in need of temporary shelter. St. Vincent de Paul in Bend will oversee the village, which is being built on an empty lot behind its food bank on Third Street. Each unit in the village will be about 100 square feet, enough room for a bed, small table and chair.
The village, called St Vincent’s Place, will also feature a resource center and a community room with three bathrooms, two showers, a laundry room and kitchen and dining area.
The $550,000 village is expected to open to residents in the spring, said Gary Hewitt, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul in Bend. The nonprofit social service organization has raised all but $100,000 to fully fund the project.