In 2020, SquareOne received a generous donation of a 3.4 acre property at 2243 Roosevelt Blvd. on which we intend to build Rosa Village.
Since large housing developments can take several years to develop, this project attempts to meet immediate needs in our community while also making progress towards long-term plans to build permantly affordable cooperative housing at Rosa Village.
Thus, for the first phase of development, SquareOne has partnered with the City of Eugene and Carry it Forward to develop and operate a Safe Sleep Site on part of the property, which we are calling Opportunity Village Rosa.
This is in response to a call put out earlier in the year by the City of Eugene to create 500 new non-congregate shelter beds. A new ordinance allows for “Safe Sleeping Sites" of up to 40 shelters or 60 RVs.
Opportunity Village Rosa will provide safe, private, and stable accomodations for people that are otherwise unsheltered, with 40 non-congregate shelters supported by a common cooking area and restrooms. For the initial set-up the City of Eugene will be providing 40 Pallet Shelters and Conestoga Huts, but we plan to incrementally replace those with 8ft x 12ft wood-framed tiny homes, and then circulate the initial shelters to other sites in the community.
To facilitate this, plans also include a new 2,500 square foot shop building that will be utilized to build the tiny homes on site through a collaboration of staff, residents, volunteers, and schools with trade programs. The building will also eventually be upgraded and expanded to serve as the central common house for Rosa Village.
Electrical and plumbing infrasture will also be brought into the site to provide power and water to Opportunity Village Rosa, and it is being carefully coordinated so that it will also support the permanent housing that will eventually being developed on the site.
We currently anticipate opening Opportunity Village Rosa by the end of May 2022.