About SquareOne

Our Vision 

A world where everyone lives with dignity in a stable, inclusive, and eco-friendly place to call home.

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Our Mission 

Creating democratic communities with homes that are permanently affordable and environmentally sustainable.

Guiding Values


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 stable, dignified, and cost-effective shelter and housing options.

Permanent Affordability

Land and housing are more than just financial assets for accumulating wealth. SquareOne embodies a community land trust model, restricting the sale of land in order to preserve the long-term affordability and stability of our housing for generations to come.

Democratic Communities

SquareOne goes beyond building individual dwellings. We build democratic communities, such as housing co-ops, in which each person has a voice in shaping how their community is operated and managed. This creates a foundational sense of ownership and control on which the village model thrives.

Sustainable Homes

The American home has more than doubled in size since 1950, even as fewer people are living in them. SquareOne returns to simple, compact homes supported by a variety of common resources. In doing so, we believe we can not only address the housing gap, but also embody a vision for a more sustainable future.


Collaborative Initiatives

Our approach is committed to engaging our residents and the surrounding community in the process; thus SquareOne not only builds affordable housing, we build equity through diverse community collaborations in Lane County, Oregon. We also collaborate with partners and affiliates to support the implementation of our village model in other communities.


Equity Vision

We envision a society where everyone is housed. We envision our villages as places where people from all backgrounds and abilities are welcomed, included, and valued. We envision our villages as culturally responsive and relevant, in which diverse peoples want to live and can see themselves thriving.

We choose to be an anti-racist organization. We envision SquareOne as an organization in which diversity, equity and inclusion are integrated into our discussions, our planning, and our policies and procedures – literally, in every aspect of our organizational culture and infrastructure.





PROGRAM DIRECTOR  |  Jeff Albanese


PROJECT MANAGER  |  Alicia Ginsberg





GRANTS MANAGER  |  Susan Schroeder

CONTROLLER |  Donna Reitz

BOOKKEEPER  |  Melody Doll

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT  |   Kitty Piercy

Former Mayor, City of Eugene

VICE PRESIDENT  |  Javier Martinez

Digital Marketer

SECRETARY  |  Sharon Schuman

Retired English Professor, UO Honors College

TREASURER |  Wesley Lucas

Community Member

Carolyn Stein

Executive Director, BRING

Isaac Judd

Principal Broker/Owner, Hearthstone Real Estate

Jenny Jonak

Founder & Principal, Jonak Law Group

Kris McAlister

Co-Executive Director, Carry It Forward

Michael Carrigan

Retired Co-Director, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) 

Minalee Saks 

Founder emerita, Parenting Now! (formerly Birth to Three) 

Robert Melnick

Former Dean, UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts


Since our founding in 2012, SquareOne Villages has developed three villages in Lane County and more are in the works. We've also consulted with dozens of other groups looking to build a village in their own community. Through this journey, we have reimagined affordable housing.


The Village Model puts forth a collaborative, community-based approach to building and sustaining stable, permanently affordable places to call home. Click below to learn more about our innovative housing model.

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An excerpt from Tent City Urbanism

describing the founding of



"By now, the Occupy movement has been all but forgotten by most. But in Eugene, Oregon, the protest sparked an inadvertent undertaking in the form of a self-managed, transitional housing community, known as Opportunity Village. The earliest roots of the village can be traced to..." 


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