OVE is a collaboration between the housed and the unhoused providing stable, safe, and sustainable places to be through alternative, cost-effective approaches for transitioning the unhoused to more permanent living situations.
A collaboration between the housed and unhoused
By joining together as peers, we form citizen-driven initatives to create positive changes in attitudes, policies, and practices that harm the unhoused. In doing so, we aim to provide a forum for volunteers to realize their potentional to positively impact the quality of life for everyone in our community.
Stable, Safe, and sustainable places to be
By working in parternship with local municipalities and the community we secure stable places for the unhosued to be. Safety is maintained at the sites through community agreements and oversight by a non-profit board of directors. Sustainability, both economic and environmental, are guiding principles for the design of these places.
Alternative, cost-effective approaches
We hold a strong belief in self-management and horizontal organization in an effort to re-engage and empower the unhoused while reducing administrative costs. A dedication to building small, efficient, and transportable dwellings combined with shared, common spaces reduces capital cost and allows everyone to have 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 will provide a variety of means that will allow the unhoused to improve their living situation and transition 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.
Articles about OVE:
Register Guard | "Village Takes Root: Eugene's experiment in housing is achieving its goals" June 21, 2014
Register Guard | "More Opportunity: Advocates plan to develop a new village for the homeless" May 30, 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
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