Andrew Heben reports on the establishment of a project to provide legal transitional housing in Eugene, Oregon planned by the future residents themselves.
Looking at the American city, we see limited funding, an excess of land and materials going unused, lots of people who need and want something to do, and the damaging effects of some not having a stable space to call home. We see the need for some kind of security in place, a sense of place, of purpose, and of belonging. It seems only logical then to better utilise the resources within our communities to develop sensible and cost-effective solutions when approaching the issue of homelessness.
Opportunity Village is a new pilot project here in Eugene, Oregon doing just this by allowing those who are currently without housing to build and inhabit their own transitional micro-housing with the support of the surrounding community.