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SquareOne Villages is a 501(c)3 non-profit  organization        |        Tax ID # 46-0801991        |        CCB # 224446        |        © 2019 SquareOne Villages

Our Mission 

Creating self-managed communities

of cost-effective tiny homes for people with

low-incomes in need of housing.

Housing Made Simple.

Guiding Principles

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.

Small Footprint

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.

Community Building

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.

Collaborative Initiatives

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.


Our Team




PROGRAM DIRECTOR  |  Jeff Albanese



GRANT WRITER  |  Susan Schroeder


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. 

Michael Carrigan

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

Minalee Saks 

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

Kris McAlister

Housing & Homelessness Advocate, Carry It Forward

Kitty Piercy

Former Mayor, City of Eugene

Advisory Board

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



Organizational Timeline

A brief overview of the path that got us here...

Jun. 2015   

Oct. 2014   

Aug. 2014   

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


Feb. 2017   

Mar. 2017   

May 2017   

Jun. 2016   

Sept. 2018   

2017 - 2018   

Mar. 2019   

Feb. 2019   

Dec. 2017   



In The News

      Select articles and videos featuring our work...   

August 2019

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  • Smart Magazine —  "Tiny House, Huge Opportunities" 


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  • The Union  —  "Nevada County seeks to create homeless village"


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