EUGENE, Ore. — About 9 months after some survivors of the Vacation Farm Hearth moved into motels in Eugene and Springfield, they’ve been compelled to relocate as soon as once more.
That is as a result of the identical motels which were offering momentary housing to greater than 100 survivors are actually making room for athletes attending giant observe occasions, together with the Olympic Trials.
“Due to COVID, colleges, the schools didn’t need their athletes to double up. They needed one athlete per room,” stated Oregon Division of Human Service’s (ODHS) Regional Emergency Coordinator Jeff Gilbert. “So all of the sudden, that grew the footprint twice or thrice bigger than they ever would have.”
Transferring a number of instances in a 12 months has taken a toll on lots of the survivors, together with Melanie Stanley.
“It was exhausting being instructed that the secure house that you simply had for the final eight and a half months was now being taken away from you,” stated Stanley.
Stanley was staying on the Vacation Categorical Inn in Eugene till the start of final month when she was given a discover saying she needed to get out.
“The toughest half is that there simply aren’t any motels a minimum of for the month of June,” Stanley stated. “There aren’t any motels out there in Eugene and Springfield due to the contracting points.”
ODHS is working with two properties within the Eugene/Springfield space to determine a extra everlasting resolution for the displaced survivors.
“These are contract negotiations proper now which are ongoing,” Gilbert stated. “It seems like contracts may very well be signed rapidly.”
ODHS didn’t reveal what two properties they’re contemplating.
Although the devastating fireplace occurred final September, Stanley stated the rebuilding course of is way from over.
“I simply need individuals to understand that we’re nonetheless preventing,” Stanley stated.