The mission of Opportunity Village Eugene is to create self-managed
communities of low-cost tiny houses for those in need of housing.
"Opportunity Village was the stepping stone of my transition into society. After only a few months
of living there my girlfriend and I now are living a life where we are able to sustain a home
on our own after being homeless for 2 years. Thank you Opportunity Village." — Sam Johns
Collaboration between the housed and the unhoused
By joining together as peers, we form citizen-driven initiatives to create positive changes in attitudes, policies, and practices that harm the unhoused. In doing so, we provide opportunities for volunteers to positively impact the quality of life for everyone in our community.
Stable and safe places to be
By working in partnership with local municipalities and the surrounding community, we secure stable places to be for the unhoused and low-income. Safety is maintained through community agreements that all residents must abide by along with oversight provided by our non-profit board of directors.
Cost-effective, human-scale approaches
We hold a strong belief in self-governance and management in an effort to engage and empower members of our community. A dedication to building micro-housing combined with shared facilities allows for low-cost, low-impact development while providing each with a space of one’s own.
Transitioning the unhoused to more permanent living situations
Through a combination of peer support, skill building, opportunities for income generation, and connections with community resources, we provide a variety of means for transitioning to more permanent living situations. During changing economic times, we also strive to transition to a more sustainable vision of what those situations may look like.
Key Documents for planning and operating OVE: Google Drive
Interested in starting a village in your town? Check out the resources at: the Village Collaborative
Articles & Videos about OVE:
Buzzfeed | "Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution to Homelessness?" January 15, 2015
The Oregonian | "Tiny houses for the homeless thrive in Eugene" November 11, 2014
PBS | "Tiny Houses for the Homeless" October 10, 2014
CNN | "CNN10: Better by Design" July 5, 2014
Good Times | "A Long Way from Opportunity" May 6, 2014
USA Today | "Couple weds in homeless village in Oregon" November 1, 2013
KLCC | "Opportunity Village: Eugene's Newest Gated Community" October 3, 2013