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 inclusive, 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 resident has a voice in shaping how their community is operated and managed—creating a foundational sense of ownership on which the village thrives.
Land and housing are more than just financial assets for accumulating wealth. SquareOne deploys an innovative, shared-equity homeownership model that restricts the sale of land and preserves the long-term affordability of our housing for generations to come.
Our approach is committed to engaging village residents and the surrounding community in the process; thus SquareOne not only builds affordable housing, we build equity through diverse community collaborations. By utilizing the resources around us, we can create more housing opportunities for those in need.
Since our founding in 2012, SquareOne Villages has developed three tiny home villages in Lane County, Oregon—Opportunity Village, Emerald Village, and Cottage Village—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—putting forth a Village Model for addressing homelessness at its root.
Click below to learn more about our collaborative, community-based approach to building and sustaining long-lasting, affordable housing.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Dan Bryant
PROJECT DIRECTOR | Andrew Heben
PROGRAM DIRECTOR | Jeff Albanese
COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR | Amanda Dellinger
GRANT WRITER | Susan Schroeder
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER | Dana Smith
CARPENTER | Gabe Casteel
CARPENTER | Connor Anderson
Board of Directors
PRESIDENT | Kitty Piercy
Former Mayor, City of Eugene
VICE PRESIDENT | Javier Martinez
Community Outreach Ambassador, Feynman Group
SECRETARY | Sharon Schuman
Retired English Professor, UO Honors College
TREASURER | Wesley Lucas
Supportive Housing Navigator, HIV Alliance
Retired Co-Director, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC)
Founder emerita, Parenting Now! (formerly Birth to Three)
Housing & Homelessness Advocate; Assistant Director, Carry It Forward
Social Services Liaison, Lane County Government
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
Lynne McKinney — Lane Independent Living Alliance
Pat Neill — Attorney
Guadalupé Quinn — Immigrant Rights Advocate
Erik Richardson — Local NAACP President
Alan Zelenka — Eugene City Councilor
IN THE NEWS
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..."