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This free event is a great opportunity to meet people from diverse occupations and organizations who are banding together to influence policy in a direction to legitimize and encourage development of more affordable and inclusive housing models. Please consider attending their Holiday Happy Hour to learn more about the organization, discover ways to become involved, and share your ideas. RSVP at https://www.evite.com/event/01BE76UQFRPWUULQGEPKCFUHM36BVM/rsvp About Better Housing Together Better Housing Together is the only multi-sector, community-led effort working to address the housing crisis in Lane County. Our network of partners includes social service organizations, businesses, builders and architects, advocates and leaders--all of whom want to see the southern Willamette Valley emerge from the housing crisis as an innovative, inclusive, livable community. As a place we can all enjoy and proudly call home. Together, our coalition is working to increase housing affordability, diversity and supply. We advocate for sustainable, walkable neighborhoods and champion well-designed infill redevelopment that reduces our impact on the climate and keeps our community welcoming and economically thriving. We can see a future that includes more quality, walkable, age-friendly housing—where families and individuals have choices and more opportunity to invest in their future here. And we want to partner with you—contact us to learn more about Better Housing Together. Find BHT on Facebook at @BetterHousingTogether Claim 52 Kitchen is a lovely venue, you can find their menu at: https://www.claim52brewing.com/kitchen/menu/ See you there!
St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County offers this tour every other month. Meet at its HQ, 2890 Chad Drive. This one is limited to 6 people. Schedule: 9:00- Meet at our Administrative Offices at 2890 Chad Drive. Transportation will be provided to: -First Place Annex to tour and meet with staff running both the Annex and the First Place Family Center. -Girls Youth House to tour and meet with Stacey Yates, Director of the Girls Youth House program -Lindholm Center to tour our emergency services programs. -Bascom Village (still pending final confirmation)- to tour an affordable housing location. 12:00- We will return to our Administrative Offices and have a lunch and discussion until 1:00PM. If attendees need to leave early from the lunch that is not a problem. We may also have a few case managers from DHS as part of the tour. Some of the services these provide: * First Place Family Center + The Annex: services for unhoused families; located near South Eugene High School * The Annex: night shelter for 20 unhoused families * Lindholm Center: showers, laundry + food service for unhoused single adults; located on Highway 99 LTD routes: 12, 67 LTD Trip Planner: https://www.ltd.org Next month, St. Vinnies will offer a tour of their recycling sites, which we will post here too: Learn how SVdP recycles styrofoam, mattresses, books, clothing, and more. _____________________ BACKGROUND Podcast with Terry McDonald, SVdP executive director (along with Erin Fifield, Community Development Analyst with the City of Springfield), on affordable housing, from YIMBYES: https://anchor.fm/daniel-ivy/episodes/Episode-15-How-to-use-Federal-Funds-for-Housing-e93lsd Terry McDonald starts talking around 4:45. St V of Lane County website: https://www.svdp.us Homeless/emergency services: https://www.svdp.us/get-help Affordable housing: https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/affordable-housing ____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
NEW DATE BECAUSE THERE WAS A TSUNAMI ON THE 12TH! Emily Shelton, BRING Director of Education + Outreach, will be our hostess. (Apologies to those who work during the week. We always schedule on weekends if possible, but many of these tours are only offered during the business day.) We will meet at BRING and tour these three sites: Glenwood Transfer Station Total time: 45 – 60 minutes Lane County’s central transfer station in Glenwood illustrates the next step garbage and recycling take after leaving home. The transfer station recycling area is a centralized drop site where the public can bring over two dozen materials for reuse and recycling including glass bottles, plastic bags, car batteries, mattresses, fluorescent bulbs, old paint, appliances, newspaper and more. Participants will see garbage being thrown into “The Pit” by the public. They will learn why it’s important to divert these materials from the garbage, and ultimately the landfill. Machines pack material from The Pit into 18-wheeler trucks destined for the landfill, making for a visceral and eye-opening experience. Short Mountain Landfill Total time: 30 – 35 minutes Short Mountain receives between 800 – 900 tons of garbage every day from all over Lane County, which is a sight to behold. Tour-goers will see the black plastic draped mountain up-close as they circumnavigate its perimeter. They will see where methane gas is converted into useable energy, where the liquid leachate pollution is collected for transportation and treatment, where new garbage is being dumped, and the surrounding native wetland habitat. BRING Planet Improvement Center Total time: 25 – 45 minutes BRING is an engaging and inspiring place for any age group. The Planet Improvement Center warehouse is full of used building materials (lumber, brick, doors, windows, tiles), odds and ends (bikes, plant pots, jars) and many rarities. Plus examples of green building concepts everywhere you look – reclaimed materials, a rainwater bioswale, energy conservation devices. The Garden of Earthly Delights, with its Chapel of Second Chances, showcases native and edible plants, a stunning cob bench, with many examples of reuse art and innovation. LTD: EmX, Lexington Station (sort of near; not easily transit-accessible) LTD Trip Planner: https://www.ltd.org _____________________ BRING is a local nonprofit that has been stressing the need to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle since 1971. It organizes an annual Sustainable Home + Garden Tour in early September. Website: https://bringrecycling.org _____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
Viking Braggot Company Southtowne
Join us in the back room at Viking Braggot Southtowne on Willamette! You can come anytime, but we begin the social hour at 5:30 by offering everyone the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves + their concerns/interests. About two dozen folks attended our last social hour, and many great connections were made. After intros, we have one or two featured guests chat for 5-10 mins about a special project or area of expertise. In January, Heather Johnson will discuss the work of the group planning a tiny-house village in Lane County and invite participation. Second guest TK. Folks can then gather in smaller groups to chat about common interests + questions. Past interest groups have included: * Tiny houses * Downsizing, rethinking consumption, sustainability * Co-living in a group house, co-op, or community of multiple dwellings on one property (either finding one or creating one) * Finding an affordable room/place of ones own * Building an inexpensive ADU or garage conversion * Housing policy, land use, building code (wonks!) * Electing new City Councilors who will fight for small-scale affordable housing and compact urban development * People with land seeking people to share it, and folks who seeking land to park a tiny house on Some photos/descriptions of affordable ADU and garage conversions that we have gathered: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MicroDwellers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=147495859958862 Please share + invite your friends! To move Eugene ahead on small-scale housing, we need to build a visible pro-housing movement that will change some city councilors minds, or replace them in the 2020 election. Public transit options to the venue: LTD routes #24, 82 LTD Trip Planner: https://www.ltd.org If you have specific questions related to small-scale living, let us know in the Comments so we can bring resources that can help. _____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.