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 replicable model for permanent, affordable housing. The community will include 15 tiny houses (128-250 sq. ft. with a bathroom and kitchenette) supported by common gathering and gardening areas. See the entire Project Overview here.
In August 2013 we opened our first project—Opportunity Village. 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 34 residents, and has received widespread public support.
"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 Council… I have received zero complaints regarding Opportunity Village.”——Eugene City Councilor, Claire Syrett
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 it is built, residents pay a $30/month fee toward operating costs and contribute 10 hours/week toward the operation and management of the village.
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 128-250 sq. and will include a bathroom and kitchenette. Residents will make monthly payments of around $250/month toward utilities and a share in ownership 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 with a goal of $15,000 per unit—meaning each dollar will be stretched further to help more people. 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.
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 easily raise funds for OVE through sharing with your social networks.
Still want more information? You can find a ton more on our website.
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