OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE EUGENE wrote -
Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) is a non-profit organization building tiny house villages for the unhoused. With one complete, we are now fundraising for a new kind of village.
Emerald Village will provide a grassroots model for long-term, affordable housing that is more accessible, sustainable, and independent of government subsidy.
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. This page will serve as a hub for the campaign so that our progress can be publicly tracked (offline donations can be added as well).
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.
The housing will be roughly twice as big at 120-150 sq. ft. with a kitchenette, heat, and electrical hook-ups. Similar to Opportunity Village, the mirco-housing will be supported by common gathering, kitchen, and restroom facilities.
Residents will tentatively make monthly payments of around $150 to $200 toward the value of their tiny house—building an asset for the future. If a resident decides to leave the village, they will then be able to sell the equity accrued back to the non-profit.
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 are at the beginning of a $100,000 fundraising campaign toward the physical development of the village. Help us build this citizen-driven approach to affordable housing in the absence of sufficient government funding to adequately address the issue. An anonymous donor has already agreed to match the first $25,000 donated to the project—meaning your donation will go twice as far.
This project is sure to be a game-changer for affordable housing. Be a part of making it happen by donating to our fundraiser.
Don't have cash to spare but still want to help? CrowdRise has a unique feature with the "Fundraise for this Campaign" button above and to the right. This allows anyone to directly raise funds for OVE through sharing with your personal networks.
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."
"'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."
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.”