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No Place Like Home

I am a preacher by trade. So why am I directing an innovative non-profit doing tiny housing? I like to tell folk that I discovered the Gospel of Oz: "There is no place like home. There is no place like home. There is no place like home." Every night of the year over half a million people in this country have no place to call home. Over one million people are evicted from their home each year simply because they cannot afford their rent. In the heart of Eugene, where the historic congregation I serve resides, homelessness has become an acute crisis. With two and a half out of every 1000 people in our community unsheltered, we have the highest rate of unsheltered homeless out of any co

Resident Profile: Sky & Blu

Sky and Blu have lived at Opportunity Village since October 2016. They moved from Salt Lake City about a year ago because they “needed to get into a better environment” and turn their lives around. They moved to Springfield, where Blu had lived previously and where some of her cousins live. But the cousins couldn’t have extra people in their apartment beyond two weeks (rules of Section 8 housing). They had to find other housing – not easy to do when you live on a a very limited, fixed income. Every rental they found was at least three times more than their monthly income. They became homeless. At first they slept outside where they could find safety and some comfort. Then they got a tent. T

Cottage Village Coalition takes big step forward

The Cottage Village Coalition and SquareOne Villages are pleased to announce the purchase of an acre of property at 1430 E. Madison in Cottage Grove as the future home for Cottage Village. “We were pleasantly surprised to be able to purchase this property when it appeared that we did not have sufficient funds from our grant to do so,” reported Sharon Jean of the Coalition. After deciding to suspend the original purchase agreement and to broaden the search, the seller for the Madison property agreed to extend the closing date and dropped the price $35,000. The purchase was closed and recorded for $200,000 on March 8. “We now look forward to working with neighbors and the community to make

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