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First transitional housing village comes to Josephine County

After three years of planning and 10 months of building, the first-ever transitional housing village in Josephine County, filled with 17 tiny houses, is now open for the public.

Posted: Oct 27, 2021 5:43 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2021 5:48 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- After three years of planning and 10 months of construction, Doug Walker's dream of bringing transitional housing to Josephine County is now finally complete.

"To be able to see the village come to this point and be ready to be open is just phenomenal," said Matthew Vorderstrasse, the Development Director for Rogue Retreat.

It's the first-ever tiny house village for the homeless and unsheltered in Josephine County and comes at a perfect time as the weather begins to get cooler.

Each of the 17 tiny homes within the Foundry Village comes with a new bed, electricity, some shelving and even heating, something that the transitional housing that Rogue Retreat runs in Medford does not have, but is working on getting.

On top of that, inside the village's community center, new residents will be able to store food within a giant walk-in fridge, utilize two stove-tops for cooking and even use one of five showers.

All in effort to give people who were once homeless or unsheltered an opportunity to get back on their feet.

"With the lives that we touch here at Foundry Village, our goal is to really see them change their lives and move forward," said Vorderstrasse. "It's been quite the ride to see the Grants Pass community come together."

"Sometimes when people start thinking about working with the homeless, they think 'maybe you can cut corners and it doesn't have to be that nice', but I why not," said Chad McComas the Executive Director for Rogue Retreat. "When we bring people in here, they're going to get their dignity back and they're going to begin to realize that there's something to live for."

"When you have people come in and you do something nice and they have something nice, they'll likely treat it well and respect it," said Doug Walker, one of the Allcare Directors. 

Finding a job can also be a struggle for those looking to get out of homelessness and is something that Rogue Retreat says they'll make sure to help any residents with.

"We will have case management here that will work with each person to find out what path they should take, what their issues may be or the roadblocks they may face to help them move forward," said McComas. 

Each person living in one of these tiny homes will have to pay 95 dollars a month. But after three months, Rogue Retreat told NewsWatch 12 that the rent will be increased by 100 dollars and then after the next three months, the rent will increase by another 100 dollars. Rogue Retreat says that half of that increase paid will be used to create a savings account, so when their residents decide to leave, they'll have some savings to their name. 

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