Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Emerald Village Fundraising Campaign

Help make Emerald Village Real by donating at:

Emerald Village will provide a grassroots model for long-term, affordable housing that is more accessible, sustainable, and independent of government subsidy.

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 micro-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 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. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Santa Cruz looks to Opportunity Village

Santa Cruz activists pushing for a sanctuary camp for the homeless have a model in Eugene’s Opportunity Village—but can they find the same success? Read the story here: "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." 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weekly Update

This week we hosted a 3rd grade field trip and built home number #25 and 26!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Opportunity Village inspires mini Conestogas in Westfield, New York:

"After learning more about an Episcopal Church parish in Eugene, Ore., who organized with the entire Eugene community to form a portable shelter village called "Opportunity Village," the idea began to grow legs and the vestry started thinking communally in its initial desire to help a handful of transient people in need. Volunteers from the church congregation lent their hands to construct the shelter out of basic materials and held an official blessing of the structure during their Sunday Coffee Hour. Despite limited parking space at the entrance of the church, the structure was out in the parking area for just a short period of time before it was officially occupied."