Huts provide housing for people living on the streets

EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County is home to lots of people who are unhoused.

"We have the highest rate per capita of unsheltered people living on the streets in this community of anywhere in the nation outside of Florida and California," said Dan Bryant, president of the board of Opportunity Village.

Bryant said homeless advocates are trying to get more Conestoga huts built around the county to provide shelter.

"It's just such a wonderful thing to do, and it's very easy and inexpensive to do," he said. "We just need locations."

Some of the first Conestoga huts were on church properties, but they can go in any location where you would normally put a vehicle.

"Any business, non-profit, church can do it," Bryant said. "You have to provide access to garbage and access to toilets."

In order to live in a Conestoga, the resident has to sign contracts and go through an interview process.

There are more than 50 Conestoga huts throughout the county. Bryant said this past winter showed the huts can handle cold weather.

"I think these are going to do better than a lot of RVs that aren't built for this kind of use, where this is designed and built for 24/7 kind of use."