Eugene Nonprofit Expands Affordable Housing Efforts

Apr 8, 2019

Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr speaks about the need for supportive housing for the most vulnerable people in the county. Farr was among 6 speakers at the ground breaking ceremony for Sponsors' new Tiny Homes Project. (From left to right, County Commissioner Pat Farr, County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky, Sponsors Executive Director Paul Solomon, Architect Nir Pearlson, Sponsors Board Director Steve Christiansen and Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp.)
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A Eugene nonprofit broke ground on a new tiny home housing project, last Friday. The aim is to reduce homelessness and recidivism while keeping sustainability in mind. 

Sponsors Program Development Director Laura Johnson. Johnson says Sponsors worked on the project for 2 years and she says it's wonderful to finally see the project come to fruition.
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Sponsors program development director Laura Johnson says there’s a two percent vacancy rate in Eugene, meaning folks with criminal records are often filtered out in the housing application process.

The tiny homes project she says:

JOHNSON: “Gives people the independence to have their own housing unit as opposed to living in an apartment building or some sort of a shared housing and it also is something that’s accessible, it’s affordable. It allows us to have a small footprint but make a pretty big impact” 

Design plans for Sponsors' Tiny Homes Project which includes 10 small homes. The project is expected to be finished in the fall.

Johnson says when you offer ex-felons homes that are respectful and dignifying, they are empowered to reintegrate into communities.

Sponsors will build 10 mini homes behind their Roosevelt Crossing campus near Highway 99. The project is expected to be completed this fall.