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New transitional housing project aims to prevent homelessness among youth in Eugene

People chat outside a three story house during the grand opening of the Alder House.
Melorie Begay
The Alder House held its grand opening Oct. 28 in Eugene. The project was developed through a partnership between Hybrid Real Estate and Looking Glass Community Services.

Owners of a Eugene real estate company partnered with Looking Glass Community Services to help youth experiencing homelessness. The Alder House held its grand opening last week.

Brian and Kelly Ranstand, owners of Hybrid Real Estate, helped procure the Alder House which has nine apartments.

Brian told KLCC it can be difficult to obtain housing, especially now given the housing crisis in Eugene. He said he’s hopeful the project will prevent youth from becoming homeless and he’d like the city to work on similar projects.

Eight of the units will provide stable transitional housing for youth aged 16 to 22. The ninth unit will be occupied by a Looking Glass staff member who help youth living in Alder House.

“We will kind of wrap around them and provide supportive services, skill building groups, individualized case management, and basically everything that they need so that we can get them to a place where they’re ready to live independently,”said Maleigha Myers, the Homeless and Adjudicated Youth Director with Looking Glass.

Each of the rooms were decorated by Hybrid Real Estate agents who also helped with furnishing. While youth can have their rent covered for up to two-years, Looking Glass plans to help them become self-sufficient so they can get permanent housing.

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.