SquareOne Villages recently received several foundation grants totaling $137,970 to help further our work in developing and managing transitional and affordable tiny-house villages for people who are homeless or have very low incomes.
We are grateful to the community of local and regional foundations that share our vision and commitment to innovative, community-based responses to the critical issues of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.
Recent grants received include:
A grant of $100,000 from the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation Climate Wise Building Program. The Climate Wise grant will be used for constructing Cottage Village, an affordable housing community of 13 tiny houses in Cottage Grove. The goal of this program from the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation is to encourage the construction of energy-efficient homes in the Pacific Northwest for moderate- to low-income individuals and families.
The City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant Program granted a $12,970 grant for purchasing kitchen appliances and meeting room equipment for the Commons Building at Emerald Village Eugene (EVE), an affordable housing community of 22 tiny houses. The Commons Building includes a meeting space, kitchen and dining area, a patio and outdoor seating, bathroom, and laundry. The meeting space and kitchen will be used by EVE residents for meetings and casual gatherings. These spaces will also be made available to neighborhood and community groups for meetings, presentations, workshops, and other gatherings.
The McKay Family Foundation provided a grant of $10,000 toward construction of the Commons Building at EVE. Along with funding received earlier from the Collins Foundation, the McKay Family Foundation completes the funding needed for the Commons Building. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2018.
Wells Fargo contributed $5,000 toward EVE construction costs through its state-level Community Giving grant program. The Baker Family Foundation also contributed to EVE by providing a $4,800 grant toward construction of the tiny houses.
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has granted $5,000 for the Resident Transition Support program at Opportunity Village (OVE), our transitional housing community for 35 people who otherwise would be homeless. Funds will be used specifically for housing support to assist OVE residents in paying housing application and move-in fees as they transition back into permanent housing.