People struggling with housing insecurities have unique needs for what makes “home.” We listened to the stories of the homeless in Portland, Austin, and Eugene to develop a pilot tiny home: the ReachOUT house. We are a dedicated group of University of Oregon students employing our knowledge of sustainable and resilient design to push our house into a responsive tiny-home.
Our home will be constructed by EVE residents alongside student volunteers. Together with other local Architects, we are building Emerald Village- a model community that provides sustainable housing options for people with very low incomes through micro-houses that are safe, livable, and significantly more affordable within a stable community setting.
As the only student-led and research-based team, we’ve secured in-kind donations and hundreds of volunteer hours to foster a greater future for Eugene. The ReachOUT house is made with 70% post-consumer recycled materials (mostly reclaimed pallets from construction materials), has a 45% reduced energy footprint, and a 30% reduced water demand. We see this house as an opportunity for Eugene and EVE to lead the nation in developing collaborative solutions for people often neglected. The construction documents and documentary footage used to construct our house, will be available for free to our partner communities fighting homelessness through a tiny-house villages.
We are asking for $10,000 exclusively for construction materials, transportation costs, and equipment.Our time and labor is pro-bono. We have started construction as of June of 2017. Our site plan has been approved by the city of Eugene and our building permit set was approved in April 2017.
Eugene is a model for the mid-sized American town. And, like the rest of America, we are facing a housing crisesin which almost 1,500 people in our town are experiencing homelessness. Many of them lack a low-income option as new construction of traditional low-income housing is very expensive to build. A recent project in Eugene cost $169,000/unit, not counting land (which is lower than the national average). At this rate, we would need over $250M to provide safe, warm homes for our neighbors.
We have a better solution!Emerald Villageis a housing cooperative of 15 homes, each with a share in the ownership of the village. Our home design is 180s.f. allowing for the least expensive rent. It is designed to be net-zero ready: maximum daylighting, natural ventilation, solar hot water, and continuous insulation. The house has a low carbon footprint, uses local and post-consumer construction materials. It is deconstructable for easy modification and maintenance. We've engaged local university students and the future residents to learn, laugh, and live with us in a sustainable micro-home.
Thank you for learning about our project. We hope that you will support our efforts for a socially and environmentally sustainable future. We truly appreciate it!
***No profits will be made through this or any crowdsource effort. All proceeds will go through SquareOne Villages- a registered 501c3 (TAX ID: 46-0801991) to reach the construction team as designated for this project.