Monthly MicroDwellers social hour: meet others interested in small affordable housing

For our March social hour, we will be combining with a similar event Jan Spencer has organized around what he calls One-Earth Living.

Wed., March 115:30-8:30pm, come anytime
Central Presbyterian Church ; 555 E. 15th
The event will include a presentation by Jan and small-group conversation circles on microdwelling and housing co-ops, car-free living, sustainability, skills sharing/cooperative economy, and other topics that will likely be of interest.

Jan is a suburban permaculturist and was a driving force behind the Community Resilience Festival in River Road last summer. Nice RG article on him and his River Road homestead here.

A note on timing:
Feel free to join our social hour in progress if you are not able to arrive by 5:30.
Public transit options: #28 and others
LTD Trip Planner: http://www.ltd.org

APRIL – We will be at Tsunami Books on Wed. April 8, 5:30-7:30pm. Come early to browse books! Bringing a discreet food item to consume is OK. Tsunami provides free tea.
MAY – We may be at a welcoming area church with a commitment to housing, probably back to First Tuesday, but we will see if people prefer a Wednesday. Check this post or our Meetup group later 🙂

Announcements/quick updates at our March social hour:
* Linda K/Sherri: March 12 is the 350 Eugene City Council Candidates Forum on climate (and housing) – 7-8:30pm at Unitarian Church, 1685 W. 13th
* Dylan – Backyard Barnraising update (if any)
* Fred – may be joining the board of Community Supported Shelters!
* Sherri or Marissa if in town – Home Share Oregon update + please sign up for e-newsletter on website to be notified of progress and launch

Events coming up:
Nearly all our events are free — just join the Meetup group and RSVP. We are also on Facebook (where we share ideas) and Instagram (where we share photos of where we have been), both @microdwellers.

POSSIBLE featured guests in April (speaking for 5 minutes each on a housing-related project they are involved with) include:

  • (Amanda needs to come at 5pm) Amanda Dellinger of SquareOne Villages on Cottage Village, their newest, almost-finished community of 13 tiny houses in Cottage Grove, and perhaps other initiatives they are pursuing
  • Ron Severson of MAPLE Microdevelopment, which has worked in Uganda, Chile, and now with Emerald Village Eugene residents on developing collective microenterprises and strengthening their individual financial capacity
  • Russ Dregne of Summit Structures in Springfield
  • Greywater Action co-founder Laura Allen of Eugene, on greywater

Other Very Interesting People (VIPs) who may speak at future social hours:

  • Housing advocate and realtor Isaac Judd on the local real estate market (owner-occupied-home buyers vs. investors) and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee (on which he serves)
  • Alexis Biddle, Urban Lands Advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon, on what housing advocates in Corvallis and around the state are doing
  • Kim Otomo of Springfield on
    • His proposal to Springfield for a cottage cluster project: six 300-500sf homes on individual small lots, which could sell to buyers of modest means for around $75K. First-time homebuyer programs from Springfield + the State of Oregon could provide up to $17K in assistance, with the goal of keeping the total mortgage, property tax and insurance payment under $500/month.
    • His project on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: <We are using an HOA with language to keep the houses owner-occupied, and also to keep the prices down, by limiting sales based on actual income data. We also are putting in place a buy-back program, similar to Habitat for Humanity developments.>
  • A Eugene gent who is working with the City on a proposal for a dwelling, two-story greenhouse, mother-in-law quarters / short-term rental, RV hookup [for a tiny house], ADU, and large home office space on one property.
  • Julie Fischer on the River Road/Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan, a forward-thinking and sustainable plan for growth that will be in compliance with HB2001. Its five zoning categories include Corridor-Mixed Use and Residential-Middle. Check out the colorful maps and illustrations here.
  • Sherri Schultz on Home Share Oregon, a statewide program preparing to launch this spring, which will match homeowners with spare rooms (there are an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 spare bedrooms in Eugene) and renters who need affordable housing. To stay apprised of progress and be notified when it launches, sign up for the newsletter via the website, homeshareoregon.org.
  • Ward 1 City Council candidate Eliza Kashinsky on the affordable-housing boomlet in Cottage Grove (where she works), a small nearby community that welcomes more housing, including duplexes and, not surprisingly, cottages
  • Eugene Weekly journalist Taylor Perse on her January cover story featuring the Lane County Poor Farm, which operated from 1910 thru 1953: <County commissioners purchased an 87-acre farm off of a northern section of Coburg Road, which today is County Farm Road. The property was a mile south of the McKenzie River. The main farmhouse on the property was built for about $127,841 in today’s dollars…. Around 25 people lived there each month….>
  • (one day, we hope to lure) UO talent: Dr. Rebecca Lewis on her research on short-term rentals in Oregon; Dr. Nico Larco and Dr. Marc Schlossberg on the Sustainable City Year Program and their students work on transit with LTD this year.

Published by Sherri Schultz

Writer & change-maker exploring micro-dwelling in Eugene, Oregon. Founder of Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers: https://www.meetup.com/Micro-dwellers .

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Sherri! I won’t be able to make this one. I think I may just wait until spring. I’ll be back in mid February, and I wrote in the group for March 3. But I’ll check in. Btw I’m enjoying your blog! 😊 Emily

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