Hybrid Real Estate has purchased what we are calling “Alder House”, here in Eugene, for the purpose of reestablishing the lives of homeless youth ages 16-21.
By choosing to be an agent at Hybrid Real Estate, you are supporting this community endeavor and are building something that will impact a young person's life in the most dramatic ways. There isn’t a fund or collection for the project. It’s a direct reflection of Hybrid’s success and continued adoption by agents in our area.
Hybrid Real Estate began our journey here in the Eugene/Springfield markets in 2008 just as the great recession was setting in. Seasoned agents joined the brokerage with the idea of building something different and meaningful. Through the years that has meant technology, being “Green”, leadership in our industry and community, and a belief and focus on giving our clients that best possible experience in real estate. Hybrid agents are very excited to begin a new part of our journey that involves offering a hand up to the homeless youth in our area.
After carefully researching and understanding the problems in our local community, Hybrid Real Estate identified housing unhoused youth ages 16-21 as a critically underserved demographic in our community. There are over 500 unaccompanied youth in the Eugene area alone. These kids are invisible in many ways to our community. They are hidden, trying to blend in, and suffering from fear and trauma. They don’t have money for a security deposit or first and last month’s rent. They don’t have anyone in their lives that can support them and give them a hand up into safety and stability.
Teens and young adults become homeless for a myriad of reasons. Their home life isn’t safe, they have been rejected or abandoned by their parents, abuse, neglect, drug use, etc. It is very difficult for them to find landlords who will rent to them as they are unaccompanied and have no adult support.
Our goal is to provide safety and stability for homeless youth through housing. Looking Glass will manage the kids, giving them life skills and ways to cope with work and what life brings. This opportunity is based on offering the safety of housing first. That safety will bring them stability, and then allow for rehabilitation and ultimately reestablishing their lives.
This, in part, is what choosing to be a Hybrid agent means. We can talk about support or technology or all things real estate. But this project, while heavy, is inspiring. It’s something that gives us meaning and more than transactions. If being a part of this work speaks to you and you want to learn more about what it means to be a Hybrid Agent, give me a call.