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[Note from Sherri: Jan will be talking about + showing images of all these interesting places. I have added more details on some of the Portland ones, since they may be less well known to a Eugene audience. You can google the Eugene ones if you have not heard of them -- all are amazing! Our group will be invited to a potluck dinner at Duma sometime in late Nov or Dec.] EUGENE 1. East Blair Housing Cooperative, near 4th + Blair in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Established by dedicated folks in 1982 + still providing low-cost housing to 35-40 people, including a dozen kids. 2. Maitreya Ecovillage, 885 Almaden. A wide range of dwellings on five city tax lots, including a house, triplex, strawbale community room, tiny house, outdoor kitchen, meditation room, cob guest cottage 3. Duma Community, 2244 Alder. Nine people share a 10BR house built in 1920s as a home for wayward youth, with extensive gardens out back + chickens. PORTLAND N Street Kailash Ecovillage (rentals) 4311 SE 37th Avenue http://www.kailashecovillage.org About 50 residents in 30 1BR, two 2BR, and rooms in a house (http://www.kailashecovillage.org/rooms). Columbia Ecovillage (cohousing) 4647 NE Killingsworth Street http://columbiaecovillage.org The 37 homes are in a 1970s apartment complex, renovated in 2008 for energy efficiency and healthy air quality. (The smallest unit is 500sf, which isn't microhousing but is quite small for cohousing.) _________________________ This event is part of a series. Here is a quick look at the remaining presentations. All take place at the River Road Rec Center, 1400 Lake Drive: Tuesday, Dec 3, 6:30-8pm Pushing back on cars - reclaim car space for bikes and pedestrians: Critical mass, parking day, parklets, community plazas, superblocks. Eugene, NYC, Freiberg, Barcelona Tuesday, Dec 17, 6:30-8pm Allies, assets, actions for regime change: Lifestyle, economics, culture, community. Also of related interest - Podcasts of Jan's radio program https://player.whooshkaa.com/shows/creating-a-resilient-future
From https://www.facebook.com/devnorthwest/photos/rpp.845770665765524/994006530941936/?type=3&theater DevNW is excited to announce plans for Community Land Trust homes in west Eugene! At 5220 Royal Avenue, DevNW is planning a subdivision of affordable homes to help families achieve their dream of owning a home in Eugene. DevNW will be hosting community meetings to discuss the project and engage the community. Come and see site plans, ask questions, and learn how one of these homes can become yours! Join us for a community meeting: • Wednesday, November 6th at Prairie Mountain School in the Caforium from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. • Tuesday, November 12th at 5220 Royal Avenue (outdoors and on site) from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. • Wednesday, November 13th at Prairie Mountain School in the Caforium I asked DevNW if they might be tiny houses. They said no, but: You ll be pleased to know that we are not pursuing a traditional housing model. These homes will range between around 575 SF for a one-bedroom and around 1,200 SF for a three-bedroom. They are what is called Community Land Trust (CLT) homes, which is where the land is legally separated from the home and placed in a trust, which is run by a nonprofit (DevNW). The structure is similar to a condo, except the HOA is the nonprofit. This keeps the homes affordable while allowing the buyers to retain full ownership of their home. The tiny-home model is not something that DevNW will be pursuing for this particular project since we are already slated to submit our tentative subdivision design after these community meetings. With that said, I will keep MicroDwellers in mind and let our development director know about your note as we build out our portfolio. Lots more info on CLTs here: https://groundedsolutions.org/strengthening-neighborhoods/community-land-trusts If this night isnt good for you, there is another info session the night before, Tues, 5:30-6:30pm. Same time but the venue is the site itself, 5220 Royal Ave. See flyer in Facebook link above.
If you have been wondering how you can best help our unhoused neighbors, especially with winter upon us ... the Eugene Public Library is stepping up to assist in channeling your energy. From the library: https://www.eugene-or.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=20722&month=11&year=2019&day=10&calType=0 Concerned about unhoused community members? Looking for a way to help? Meet representatives of local nonprofits and government agencies addressing these issues, find out about their services, and learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support their work. Author Connie King Leonard will read from her young adult novel "Sleeping in My Jeans." [This is a terrific novel written in the voice of a teenage girl whose family becomes homeless in Eugene. It is published by Ooligan Press, the student-run press at Portland State University. --Sherri] Participating organizations include Catholic Community Services, Centro Latino Americano, City of Eugene, Community Court, Egan Warming Center, Eugene Mission, Food for Lane County, Hosea Youth Services, Lane County Health and Human Services, Looking Glass, ShelterCare, SquareOne Villages, St. Vincent de Paul, White Bird Clinic, Willamette Family Inc., and Womenspace.
The nice folks at Walnut Street Co-op, near the UO and Hendricks Park, have invited us to share dinner with them. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, and come get a closer look at co-op living. From https://www.ic.org/directory/walnut-street-co-op: Walnut Street Co-op is a social-change-oriented cooperative household. In September 2000 we moved into a large, rambling house together, seeking to build community. Three years later we formed a legal co-op, funding the project with many small loans from like-minded individuals. As housemates, we eat dinner together, share chores, attend house meetings and work parties, and have a basic commitment to resolve conflicts. We trust that each person holds a piece of the truth, and we are committed to deep listening with each other. Over time we’re finding that our friendships are deepening and a shared vision is emerging based on creating shifts in society toward dialogue, deliberation, and integration of diverse viewpoints. Co-op resident Emily says: We are multi-generational at present; our ages range from 23 to 72. The dominant age groups fluctuate over time depending on who's in the house, but we generally have a pretty good diversity of people here. You can join us at 6:15, and we can give you a tour before starting dinner around 6:30. I have added this to our calendar and let our members know. We'll have cards for you to note if the dish contains gluten, dairy, etc. Blog: https://walnutstcoop.wordpress.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walnutstcoop Transit: The Co-op is conveniently located a few blocks from the EmX Walnut Station. For the EmX schedule (it runs every 15 mins), click the Sunday tab here: https://www.ltd.org/system-map/route_103