Let’s dream big and build a tiny house community
where people with very low incomes will have the
security and benefit of a permanent home!
Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) is an affordable tiny home community developed by SquareOne Villages.
It builds upon the success of Opportunity Village Eugene, which is a transitional micro-housing community for otherwise homeless individuals and couples. This next iteration of our village model provides a permanent, accessible and sustainable place to transition to.
Each of the 22 homes at Emerald Village are designed designed as permanent dwellings on a slab foundation—complete with sleeping and living areas, kitchenette, and bathroom—all in 160 - 288 square feet.
Various teams of Local architects and builders provided in-kind services to lead the design and construction of 14 of the tiny homes at Emerald Village—allowing for a variety of compact design and construction methods to be demonstrated. SquareOne led the design and construction of the other 8 homes using structural insulated panels (SIPs).
The individual dwellings are supported by a Community Clubhouse that includes a flexible use gathering area, community kitchen, laundry, restroom, and storage of common resources like tools and other appliances.
Construction of EVE began in May 2017 as a collaboration between local contractors, community volunteers, and future residents (each resident put in at least 50 hours of sweat equity during development stages).
As a new and innovative approach to affordable housing, the capital costs have been funded by small grants, private donations, and lots of in-kind gifts from individuals, businesses, and institutions in the surrounding community. In fact, we counted over 200 local business that have contributed to the project in some way.
As a result of this outpouring of support, we are we able to build Emerald Village for around just $55,000 per unit, including the cost of land.
Unlike most affordable housing projects, residents of EVE are not simply renters, they are members of a housing co-operative. They realize affordability through shared resources, self-management, and operating at-cost.
A community agreement outlines a basic code of conduct that all residents must agree to abide by, and each resident is an active participant in helping to operate and maintain the village
Members make monthly payments of between $200 - 300 to the co-operative to cover utilities, maintenance, long-term reserves, and all other operating costs. Each member also pays a membership fee of $50 per month—enabling them to create a modest asset that can be cashed out if, and when, they choose to leave. SquareOne retains ownership of property in trust to assure continued affordability to future members of the co-operative.
By combining the benefits of co-operative housing with safe, decent, and cost-effective tiny houses, we believe that EVE offers a an accessible and sustainable housing model that can be implemented in other communities as well.