Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Opportunity Village Concept Plan

The non-profit Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) proposes a pilot project for a transitional village of around 30 adults on suitable land controlled by the city that has access to public utilities, public transportation (within ¼ mile), borders that can be controlled, and is at least one acre in size. OVE will construct simple “micro houses” which are secure, lockable and insulated using a standardized building guide.  The Village will be self-governed with oversight provided by the Board of Directors. Basic, non-negotiable rules are:
  • No violence to yourselves or others
  • No theft
  • No alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • No repetitive, disruptive behavior
  • Everyone must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the Village.
To the extent possible, residents will be involved in the building process so that they may earn “sweat equity” toward the value of their shelter. We have partnered with architects and builders who have volunteered to assist in the construction of the village and to hold hands-on workshops constructing simple, compact, and inexpensive structures. Along with individual homes, the village will include a kitchen and dining area, bathrooms with showers, a gathering space for meetings, and opportunities for gardens and micro-businesses.  This is described in more detail on the following pages.