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.
SquareOne Villages has two projects: Opportunity Village Eugene, which provides transitional shelter for approximately 35 people, and Emerald Village Eugene, an affordable housing project of 22 tiny homes being built in fall 2016. Both communities provide stable, safe and sustainable places for people in need of housing through alternative, cost-effective approaches.
In addition, a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust is enabling SquareOne Villages to do the predevelopment for a third project in a rural community modeled after Emerald Village. These affordable tiny homes are designed to enable individuals and couples living on very minimal income to pay for their own housing without other public subsidies. Further, utilizing the skills and gifts of volunteers for construction, these villages provide a wonderful opportunity for others to positively impact the quality of life for everyone in the community.
Rev. Dan Bryant, pastor of First Christian Church of Eugene, serves as executive director for SquareOne Villages. At First Christian Church of Eugene, a congregation of 250, the community serves around 10,000 individuals each year through a host of service programs, many of them related to providing food and shelter.
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