Eugene plans “village” of micro-homes

Each of the 15 bungalows will be about 250 square feet.

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A nonprofit in Eugene is hoping it has found a solution to a dearth of affordable housing for low-income residents.

Opportunity Village Eugene has planned a cluster of micro-homes in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Fifteen homes — each about 250 square feet — will be  available in Emerald Village Eugene.

“It will be a quality (housing) project,” said the Rev. Dan Bryant, president of the nonprofit Opportunity Village Eugene board. “Even though it may be inexpensive, it will not be cheap.”

(SOURCE: Register-Guard)

The Phillip Klingensmith Trust purchased the land for $306,000. Residents will build equity by paying $150-$200 a month. 

“It’s important to note that (Emerald Village) is a housing development, not a homeless shelter project,” [city councilor Claire] Syrett said. “It isn’t a project designed to provide shelter to people who would otherwise be homeless the way that Opportunity Village does.”

Organizers are working to raise the $400,000 it will take to build the development. Each home will cost about $15,000.