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"