The folks of Opportunity Village Eugene, Oregon are celebrating as they have made a huge step in the process of building Emerald Village Eugene. The group purchased a 1+ acre lot for $306,000 in May.
Designed as an affordable housing option for people who cannot afford to purchase turn-key homes or who do not otherwise qualify for public housing assistance, Emerald Village differs from Opportunity Village and is about half a mile apart. OV is a safe and temporary place for the homeless to get off the streets until they can move into a transitional housing situation. EVE will be a housing development of 15 small bungalows complete with a kitchenette and bathroom. Residents will then rent these 250 sq. ft dwellings for $225-275 per month.
The next step for EVE is raising the $400,000 in private funds to begin construction. Like EVE, The Habitation is relying on private funds to bring our dream to fruition. Private donations, volunteer efforts and eventually resident “sweat equity” is what will set us apart from government programs.
This is a step in the right direction, bringing affordable housing to individuals and families in Eugene, OR who are living on less income. More affordable housing options are needed across the Nation for Americans living on less income. We see the need here on the Kenai as well and we want to make a difference.
For more information on Opportunity Village and Emerald Village Eugene click here and here. If you would like to be part of our own housing initiative here on the Kenai Peninsula please join the conversation on The Habitation’s Facebook page. There are several opportunities for you to help!