City of Bend approves plan for Veterans Village emergency shelter

The City of Bend has given the final approval needed for work to begin on the Veterans Village emergency homeless shelter on the north side of town.

Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and the Bend Heroes Foundation have been working on a plan to build 12 small, stand-alone houses on a vacant lot on Poe Shoes Drive.

The units would provide shelter to some of the region’s homeless veterans.

Erik Tobiason, president of the Bend Heroes Foundation, said the group had the funding to build 12 units.

An additional $400,000 is needed for a second phase of construction, which would include a community building and three more units.

The community building would be a hub for services that would help veterans get back on their feet.

Tobiason said he hoped to break down in the next couple of weeks and start building the shelter four at a time in 30-day incriments.

City Manager Eric King approved Veteran’s Village and a comparable site owned by St Vincent de Paul.

More information is available at the Veterans Village website.

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