Creating self-managed communities
of cost-effective tiny homes for people with
low-incomes in need of housing.
Bridging the Gap
It’s our belief that everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home. SquareOne seeks to bridge the often insurmountable gap between the street and conventional housing with a variety of simple, cost-effective housing options.
The American home has more than doubled in size since 1950, even as fewer people are living in them. SquareOne returns to simple, compact alternatives. In doing so, we believe we can not only address the housing gap, but also embody a vision for a more sustainable future.
We go beyond building individual tiny houses. SquareOne builds democratic communities in which each person has a voice in shaping how their community is operated and managed—creating a foundational sense of ownership on which the village thrives.
Our initiatives engage and involve a multitude of local partnerships. This broad collaboration demonstrates what’s possible when a community comes together around a common cause. By utilizing the resources around us, we can create more housing opportunities for those in need.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Dan Bryant
PROJECT DIRECTOR | Andrew Heben
PROGRAM DIRECTOR | Jeff Albanese
COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR | Amanda Dellinger
VILLAGE COORDINATOR | Raquel Diaz
GRANT WRITER | Susan Schroeder
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER | Dana Smith
CARPENTER | Gabe Casteel
CARPENTER | Connor Anderson
Board of Directors
PRESIDENT | Wesley Lucas
Data Analyst, Homes for Good
SECRETARY | Sharon Schuman
Retired English Professor, UO Honors College
TREASURER | Donna Reitz
CPA; Controller, Champion Technologies Inc.
Co-Director, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC)
Founder emerita, Parenting Now! (formerly Birth to Three)
Housing & Homelessness Advocate, Carry It Forward
Former Mayor, City of Eugene
Phil Barnhart — State Representative
Tom Bowerman — Sustainable Design
Liz Cawood — Marketing
John Cox — Rotary Club
Pat Farr — County Commissioner
Gerry Gaydos — Attorney
Ibrahim Hamide — Muslim Civic Leader
Dan Hill — Architect
Harris Hoffman — Developer
Peter Hollens — Social Media
Lynne McKinney — Lane Independent Living Alliance
Pat Neill — Attorney
Guadalupé Quinn — Immigrant Rights Advocate
Erik Richardson — Local NAACP President
Alan Zelenka — Eugene City Councilor
Catch up on what we've been up to...
A brief overview of the path that got us here...
Jun. 2015 •
Oct. 2014 •
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May 2014 •
Aug. 2013 •
Dec. 2012 •
Oct. 2012 •
Mar. 2012 •
Opportunity Eugene Task Force on Homeless Solutions makes recommendation to City Council to establish a safe and secure place to be, independently financed with oversight by a non-profit organization
Opportunity Village Eugene incorporates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Eugene City Council directs City staff to identify potential sites for Task Force reccomendation
Eugene City Council directs City staff to take the steps necessary to locate a pilot "micro-housing project for the homeless" on one-acre of City-owned land at 111 N. Garfield St.
Conditional use permit approved for Opportunity Village pilot project with no opposition present at final hearing
Opportunity Village ribbon cutting ceremony, first dozen residents move-in
Opportunity Village open house held following nine months of incremental construction
Opportunity Village celebrates one-year of operation—watch the slideshow
Eugene City Council votes 8-0 to renew Opportunity Village lease through June 2016
Property purchased for Emerald Village
Name of non-profit changed from Opportunity Village Eugene to SquareOne Villages
Partnership formed with Cottage Village Coalition
Initial release of the Village TOOLBOX
Property purchased for Cottage Village
Site development begins at Emerald Village
Led advocacy effort to pass HB2737, to establish standards for building tiny houses legally in Oregon
First residents move-in at Emerald Vilage
Conducted presentations and workshops in a dozen different cities and counties in Oregon
Tiny house building code adopted in Oregon Reach Code.
Awarded 1 Million Months Challenge Grant
First walls raised at Cottage Village
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Jun. 2016 •
Sept. 2018 •
2017 - 2018 •
Mar. 2019 •
Feb. 2019 •
Dec. 2017 •
In The News
Select articles and videos featuring our work...
Eugene Weekly — "One Home at a Time"
Cottage Grove Sentinel — "Walls Raised on First Tiny House"
Register Guard — "SquareOne Villages, Innovator of the Year Award"
Register Guard — "Tiny home, big deal"
Register Guard — "Tiny homes in Eugene provide a housing bridge for the homeless"
Portland Tribune — "Village movement gains traction as housing alternative, goes mainstream"
Tiny House Blog — "A New Tiny House Community for Low-Income"
The Guardian — Tiny houses: salvation for the homeless or a dead end?
Narratively — "Can Tiny Homes Solve America's Homeless Problem?"
Ethos Magazine — "Tiny Homes, Big Community"
Register Guard — "Square One Villages takes first step for homeless project in Eugene"
Cottage Grove Sentinel — "Cottage Villages Coalition envisions 'tiny houses' for area's unhoused"
KEZI — "Community Group Aims to Bring Tiny Affordable Houses to Cottage Grove"
Register Guard — "Most homeless aren’t outsiders"
Register Guard — "Eugene's Second Tiny Home Community"
Yakima Herald — "Micro-housing for the homeless: Can it work in Yakima?"
Smart Magazine — "Tiny House, Huge Opportunities"
Boise Weekly — "Applying the Lessons of Eugene to Housing Boise's Homeless"
Record Bee — "Tiny Houses, Big Vision"
The Guardian — "Can Oregon's tiny houses be part of the solution to homelessness?"
Eugene Weekly — "The Emerald Village"
Buzzfeed — "Home Petite Home"
The Oregonian — "Tiny houses for the homeless thrive in Eugene"
City Lab — "Eugene Oregon's Radical Solution to Homelessness"
North Coast Journal — "It's time for an Opportunity Village"
Times-Standard — "Common ground: Creating opportunities for change"
The Union — "Nevada County seeks to create homeless village"
Inhabitat — "How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America's Homeless Epidemic"
The Oregonian — "Tiny Houses as Affordable Housing?"
Good Times — "A Long Way From Opportunity"
Associated Press — "Tiny Houses Help Address Homeless Problem"
KLCC — "Opportunity Village: Eugene's Newest Gated Community"