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First in the State, Faith-Based Housing Comes to UW-Oshkosh


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First in the State, Faith-Based Housing Comes to UW-Oshkosh

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Jul 29, 2014

 OSHKOSH, Wis.- Just a few blocks away from the UW-Oshkosh campus, new plans for student living are in place.

"It's going to provide faith based housing for UWO students," said Father Jason Blahnik of the UW-Oshkosh campus ministry.

The new housing option is being offered at 471 High Avenue by the campus' Newman Center.  It provides housing where drugs, parties and drinking don't happen, but other things will.

"Hopefully they would be willing, in each apartment, to have a meal together once a week, pray together once a week and then go off and do some Christian service together maybe once a month," said Father Blahnik.

The building is an old convent that has 6 apartment units.  It would be co-ed, but in the individual apartment units it would be only single gendered.

" Depending on the mix of students we prefer to have one floor female and one floor male," said Father Blahnik.

The new housing option is fully supported by the UWO Residence

"It's kind of exciting, we're interested in partnering with any kind of organization that does these kinds of things," said UWO director of residence life, Tom Fojtik.

UW-Oshkosh is letting 10 people out of their housing contracts to live in the new building.  It's a move that has other colleges watching very closely.

"I think that definitely I'll be interested in seeing how this works out once it comes online to see if the students continue to be interested in this, what makes it appealing to them and why," explained UW-Green Bay director of residence life, Gail Sims-Aubert.

The UWO campus says they will meet with the Newman Center next year to see how things went and whether they should continue the following year with the program.