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Eugene Initiative To Tackle Housing Woes With Tiny Homes

Brian Bull

In Eugene, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a new affordable housing community…of 22 tiny houses. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Each house in Emerald Village Eugene will be between 160 to 290 square feet. 

Dan Bryant, Executive Director of SquareOne Villages, says his non-profit is developing the $1.5 million dollar project with mostly private donations.  

Credit Brian Bull
Dan Bryant, Executive Director of SquareOne Villages.

“We are creating a new style of housing that will be significantly less expensive," he tells KLCC. "So that the individuals who live here can afford to pay their own way without any other public subsidy.” 

Bryant says they’ve already accepted half of the applicants interested in living here.

This includes Joshua Romero and Christina Kazlas.  Joshua works at a McDonalds, while Christina aims to finish her nursing degree…after their baby is born. 

“You know, you always hear the saying it takes a village to raise a child, and I really believe that.” (Josh: “Yeah, the community seems pretty welcoming.”) “To have the influences of your neighbors and your friends and family to raise that child, it’s really important and I think this will be a great place for that.”

Monthly payments will average $300, that will cover utilities and maintenance.  Construction is scheduled to start in April.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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