Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We've Moved—New Name, New Website!

As we grow into an organization with multiple projects, Opportunity Village Eugene has recently evolved to SquareOne Villages. Our mission continues to be to create self-managed communities of low-cost tiny houses for people in need of housing.

We invite you to learn more about us and to check out our first two projects:

>> Opportunity Village Eugene

>> Emerald Village Eugene

Interested in starting a village in your area? We'll be compiling resources to help you along the way here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Eugene Weekly Article on Emerald Village

"  At Opportunity Village, Rhonda and her husband found a safe place to gain some ground, but they hope to bring to fruition a new program — Emerald Village Eugene, which still has a number of hurdles to clear before it becomes a reality...  "
Emerald Village tiny house prototype
on the cover
"  For Rhonda, knowing that a portion of the rent would be put away for them if they ever decide to move is comforting. “People have such a hard time saving money because after they pay their bills they still owe a couple bills,” she says. “It’s a juggling act.”

Finding a location for EVE will be one of the biggest hurdles for the project. Some neighborhood residents have already voiced their concern about having the development in their neighborhood. Rhonda understands such concern, but like the individuals in those neighborhoods, she is hoping for a safe place that she can call home.

“EVE is permanent housing for very low-income people, people just like them. The misconceptions they have about homeless people who are causing problems are not the people who live in [OVE].” Rhonda says. “I understand their frustration with what they are dealing with and I try to see it from their point of view. But I wish they would not pass judgment and think we are the same ones that are causing problems. We are just normal people, too.”  "

Read the full story: "The Emerald Village: Tiny houses bring dreams"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Recent Coverage and Upcoming Fundraiser

Here are a couple recent videos on Opportunity Village, the first by MSNBC and the second by PBS:


There was also a very nice article by Buzzfeed that covers the similarities and differences between Opportunity Village (Eugene, OR), Dignity Village (Portland, OR), and Quixote Village (Olympia, WA), and also introduces our next project, Emerald Village.

>> Buzzfeed | "Home Petite Home" by Tim Murphy

Lastly we have an upcoming fundraiser on Wednesday February 11th at Oakshire! Details below.