Clackamas County Housing Panel Discussion. by Pat Farr

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Lane County is a World Class place to live and visit

 

LINKS FOR LANE COUNTY HOUSING RESOURCES

 

http://www.opportunityvillageeugene.org/

 

https://www.squareonevillages.org/emerald

 

http://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/affordable-housing/

 

http://communitysupportedshelters.org/

 

http://www.hacsa.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/bascom_village.pdf

 

http://www.lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=3719971

 

Tiny gifts for a giant vision of tiny homes. by Pat Farr

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Giving gifts to donors to nonprofit organizations is an often-used method to attract attention, but more significantly give the donors a lasting memory of their contribution to the cause. I offered a tiny gift of a hand-turned pen to donors to Square One Villages’ efforts to fill a gap in the housing ladder that allows homeless people to climb out of homelessness and into possible home ownership (go here).

Samples of pens that were given to donors of $250 or more at Square One Villages fundraiser for Emerald Village Eugene.  More than 50 donors gave over $100,000

Samples of pens that were given to donors of $250 or more at Square One Villages fundraiser for Emerald Village Eugene. More than 50 donors gave over $100,000

Homeless people will have a chance to not only live in a home but build equity. Dan Bryant’s vision of housing homeless people and allowing them to build equity is moving very close to reality. On Sunday September 20 a fundraiser was held at Sweet Cheeks Winery to tell people how building “tiny homes” can give men and women a step up in life that has never been offered before. A chance to live in a very dignified home in a very dignified development and, while paying rent, build equity that can be transferred to down payments for other types of housing.

After seeing samples of the quality of the housing and the remarkable return on investment, both in terms of houses built and opportunities where none existed before, more than 50 donors gave a total of more than $100,000 in cash to help fund the Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) housing project.

Tom Bowerman started the evening with a generous donation which shone a light on the path for other donors to follow.

This example of a tiny home shows that they can look dignified and fit into any neighborhood...

This example of a tiny home shows that they can look dignified and fit into any neighborhood…

Over a dozen architects have provided innovative plans to ensure that Emerald Village will be a welcome addition to Eugene’s housing mix. I believe this pilot program will fuel the drive for other such projects not only here in Lane County but throughout the country.

Tiny Homes can build equity and provide very affordable places to live. by Pat Farr

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

I will be speaking at Eugene’s City Club tomorrow about a promising new (for our area) concept in affordable housing.

This example of a tiny home shows that they can look dignified and fit into any neighborhood...

This example of a tiny home shows that they can look dignified and fit into any neighborhood…This example does not represent designs being considered for EVE…its homes will be on foundations as opposed to wheels…

Dubbed “Emerald Village Eugene” (EVE), this project will provide permanent housing ranging from 120 to 250 square feet for small households of one to three individuals. The monthly payment, including all utilities and fees, is projected to be in the range of $225 to $275/month. Unlike most affordable housing projects, however, the residents will not be renters. Instead, they will be members of a housing cooperative that owns the facilities.

The panel of speakers includes (sic): Speakers: Pat Farr, County Commissioner and member of the Poverty and Homelessness Board of Lane County; Andy Heben, Project Director, SquareOne Villages, and author of Tent City Urbanism; and Dan Hill, co-founder, Arbor South Architecture, and Past President, Lane County Home Builders.  Go here for more information.

 

Support for Building Low Income Housing Throughout Eugene

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Do you approve or disapprove of building low income housing in all sections of the city?

For complete poll results, click here.