About


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.

Select Media Coverage on OVE

The Guardian   |   "Can Oregon's tiny houses be part of the solution to homelessness?"   |   April 2015

Eugene Weekly   |   "The Emerald Village"   |   March 2015

Buzzfeed  |  "Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution to Homelessness?"   |   January 2015

The Oregonian  |  "Tiny houses for the homeless thrive in Eugene"   |   November 11, 2014

CNN   |   "CNN10: Better by Design"   |   July 2014

Good Times   |   "A Long Way from Opportunity"   |   May 2014

USA Today   |   "Couple weds in homeless village in Oregon"   |   November 2013

KLCC   |   "Opportunity Village: Eugene's Newest Gated Community"   |   October 2013





Interested in starting a village in your town? 

We receive a high volume of inquiries, which sometimes makes it difficult to respond to all of them promptly. We highly recommend first taking a look at our Google Drive, as many of your questions will likely be answered within the documents posted here.

For more, be sure to check out the resources available at: the Village Collaborative

Below you can find a list of all those who have joined the Village Collaborative Network—