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Community Supported Shelters (CSS) is a nonprofit that builds inexpensive Conestoga huts (64 square feet). Some are hosted on the grounds of churches, nonprofits, and a few residences. Others are clustered together in Safe Spots. Every few months, they offer a tour that begins at their west Eugene warehouse, where they make the huts, and then visits a Safe Spot community. Transportation is provided, but please RSVP so they know how many folks to expect. Several of us took the tour in October + warmly recommend it. CSS has devised a simple, inexpensive way to provide basic shelter to our neighbors, and has worked patiently with City staff and Council, neighborhoods, and churches to get huts placed throughout the city. (They are always looking for volunteers to help at the Safe Spot communities and/or to help build more huts!) CSS requests a "$10 and up sliding-scale donation" for its tour to help fund its work. Call the office at[masked] or email [masked] to RSVP and find out where the tour begins. Website: communitysupportedshelters.org BACKGROUND CSS calls the huts "micro-housing solutions for those in need" and "pre-housing shelter services." They say: "The growing houseless population can be a challenge which brings us all together to make a difference and create a highly efficient, solution-based program supported by the whole community." Video (13 mins) with founder Erik de Buhr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=GfuTh8wDvvo Videos of a Safe Spot Community (city-sanctioned cluster of huts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WCr6B9oJVM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xqpAvbsSok _____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
We are honored to be presenting about MicroDwellers activities and ideas at the January gathering of the Housing + Homelessness Committee of the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council. There may also be a short presentation by Western Shelters. First we will have the group spend 5 minutes taking the 10-question Eugene Housing Literacy Test. You can take it now at: bit.ly/housing-test. We developed this test as an awareness builder and conversation starter for longtime homeowners, who may not be in touch with the housing market in Eugene today Then we will share our knowledge about some low-cost Eugene-style ways of creating housing that we have seen on our tour. We will focus on housing types that would be affordable to the median Eugene renter household -- renting for $650/month or less. (See below for work in progress.) If you can free up an hour at noon on a workday, please join us! Consider regular attendance too (every fourth Thursday of the month). These gatherings are open to all, very welcoming + offer great educational presentations + networking for people concerned about these issues. (You dont have to be involved with your neighborhood association [NA] to attend ... although maybe you should be. We need pro-housing voices on all NAs!) LTD bus: 33 (to the door), 78 (not as close) LTD Trip Planner: ltd.org _____________________ WE WILL MAKE THIS A HANDOUT FOR EVERYONE :) 1. Homesharing (matches homeowners with people needing an affordable room; many communities have them, but Eugene does not yet) * Nationwide: https://nationalsharedhousing.org/program-directory/ * Portland: a) Metro HomeShare, https://youtu.be/lZSJjqlMDRg b) Oregon Home Share - partnership w/Silvernest, set to launch March 1, aiming to place women age 55+ 2. Small ADUs [masked]sf) * Eugenes policy on ADUs, 1935-present: http://www.wecaneugene.org/timeline-of-adus-in-eugene * Portland: https://www.facebook.com/BetterHousingTogether/photos/a.169886823634077/514716215817801 * Seattle: https://www.sightline.org/2019/07/01/seattle-approves-best-backyard-cottages-rules-united-states/ * LA: https://www.sightline.org/2019/04/05/la-adu-story-how-a-state-law-sent-granny-flats-off-the-charts/ 3. Tiny houses (under 400sf) * Future village: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TinyHouseVillages/ * Movable tiny houses allowed as ADUs, per LA: http://www.tinyhomeindustryassociation.org/la-gives-green-light-to-movable-tiny-homes-as-adus/ [Nonprofit-produced: Emerald Village Eugene, 25 N. Polk: https://www.squareonevillages.org/emerald ($250-$350/mo)] 4. Housing co-ops * Student Cooperative Association (3 houses in 1600 + 1700 blocks of Alder Street by UO, $400/mo. including food) * Walnut Street Co-op (9 people, under $500/mo.) * East Blair Housing Cooperative (35-40 people, various sizes, rents are half market rate or less) 5. Benevolent landlords * Duma Community, 2244 Alder (9 people, $400-$450/mo. + $320/mo. for food + utils) * Maitreya Ecovillage, 885 Almaden (25-30 people, various sizes and rents) 6. Rooming houses * Hideaway House, 715 E 16th (10 rooms, $395/mo.) * 988 Lawrence (7 rooms with en-suite bathrooms in elegant house, $750/mo.) 7. Student housing/co-living/quads ($425/mo + up) Introduction: redefininghome.org/quads Eugene Weekly may write about this. 8. Preserving/reclaiming our housing stock: entire-house short-term rentals Background: redefininghome.org/eugene-strs Some options: * limiting to 30-90 days/year * limiting to one per owner * requiring owner occupancy OTHER CONCEPTS * Rural intentional communities (as low as $217/mo. at Lost Valley in Dexter; others include Cerro Gordo) * Churches hosting housing: --Church of the Resurrection, 39th + Hilyard, 4 tiny houses for single men --First Congregational Church of Christ, 23rd + Harris, two 600sf manufactured homes for families: https://www.fcceugene.org/housing _____________________ Follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram + Facebook; Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
Summit Structures of Oregon in Springfield (tagline: Taking Backyard Dreams to New Heights) recently provided Nightingale Hosted Shelters (a Conestoga hut community) in Eugene with a 14x28 manufactured house for $8,600. The shell is built to code; Nightingale will add insulation, electricity, heat, etc. Lets go check out this company! And bonus, they are open on Saturdays, 11am-5pm! We dont know of transit options there, but feel free to post in Comments if you need a ride + what neighborhood you live in. Afterward, those of us who want to can have lunch at the Busy Bee diner on Main Street, or another inexpensive place in Springfield. ____________________ ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND Article on how to turn your barn or shed into a livable tiny house, posted in the Tiny Houses and Tiny Villages Facebook group: https://tinyhousetalk.com/how-to-turn-your-barn-or-shed-into-a-livable-tiny-house You can see photos of one Eugeneans shed conversion into a tiny house, which he now rents to a tenant for $600/mo all-inclusive, in our Inexpensive ADUs photo album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MicroDwellers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=147495859958862 The shed companys Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/summitstructuresor Nightingales work: https://nightingaleshelters.org ____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County offers this tour every other month. Learn how they recycle styrofoam, mattresses, books, clothing, and more, by visiting 3-4 sites where the different types of reclamation happen. Transportation will be provided, and lunch and discussion will be available afterward. LTD buses: #12, 67 LTD Trip Planner: ltd.org [Photo above: Walking the talk: At St Vinnies The Annex, a shelter housing 19 families (about 80 people) that we toured in December, the room dividers are made from mattresses recycled by St. Vinnies.] BACKGROUND From https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing St. Vincent de Paul is the world leader in mattress recycling. DR3, our operation in California, was the first commercially viable mattress recycling business in the world. Today, with operations in Livermore, Woodland, and Stockton, California; and Eugene, we recycle more than 300,000 mattresses and boxsprings every year. ____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.