OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE EUGENE wrote -
Opportunity Village Eugene is a non-profit organization with a mission of creating self-managed communities of low-cost tiny houses for people in need of housing. With one complete, we are now fundraising for a new kind of village.
Emerald Village will provide a grassroots model for permanent, affordable housing. The community will include 15 tiny houses (140-250 sq. ft. with a small kitchen and bathroom) supported by common gathering and gardening areas.
In August 2013 we opened our first project—Opportunity Village—with a dozen otherwise homeless individuals and couples. The housing of 60 to 80 sq. ft. was built incrementally by volunteers and residents over the course of 9 months. The self-governed village currently accommodates 32 residents, and has received unanimous support from city officials and neighbors.
With significant volunteer labor and material donations, we were able to build the project for around $100,000—all from private donations and grants. Now that the village is built, residents pay a $30/month fee to cover operating costs.
So, with our first village up and running, we are now raising funds to build the next one, which we are calling Emerald Village. We plan to build on our success rather than duplicate it. While Opportunity Village focuses on transitional housing, Emerald Village will provide more accessible and sustainable places to transition to—a model that can then be replicated throughout the country.
The housing will larger (but still tiny) at 140-250 sq. and will be wired and plumbed. Residents will make monthly payments of around $200 to $250 toward utilities and a share of the village—allowing very low-income individuals the opportunity to earn equity.
With conventional development, low-income housing costs upwards of $200,000 PER unit. Emerald Village will provide a grassroots alternative at a very small fraction of the cost. We have already received a $50,000 matching grant—meaning your donation will go twice as far.
This project is sure to be a game-changer for affordable housing. Consider being a part of making it happen by donating to our fundraiser.
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Good Times: " A Long Way from Opportunity"
“...almost everyone in town will tell you that this little village is one of the city’s greatest accomplishments. Eugene’s Opportunity Village has been arguably the most successful—and least controversial—response to homelessness in an American city in recent memory.”
"'From everything that I have seen and heard regarding Opportunity Village Eugene, it seems to be a great success, in terms of their goals and the commitments they made to the residents of the village, the neighborhood and the City Coucil,' [City Counclior] Syrett said."
Associated Press: "Tiny Houses Help Address Nation's Homeless Problem"
"There's a growing effort across the nation from advocates and religious groups to build these compact buildings because they are cheaper than a traditional large-scale shelter, help the recipients socially because they are built in communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size."