MicroDwellers social hour, Wed., April 8 (online): sanity check in; meet others interested in small affordable housing; Q&A/chat with Sarai Johnson

In this time of coronavirus, please join our Meetup group to stay in the loop and receive invites to our events on Zoom.

We also have a Facebook page (where we share ideas) and an Instagram account (where we share photos of where we have been), both @microdwellers.

APRIL – Sarai Johnson! (we hope) – Wed. April 8, 5:30-7:30pm (join us on Zoom anytime; see Meetup page for link)
In these times of lockdown, reassessment and puzzlement, lets check in with each other. There will also be brief updates about Home Share Oregon and other microdwelling projects of attendees.

We have scheduled as our special guest/speaker Sarai Johnson, recently hired Lane County Joint Shelter and Housing Strategist, but also note she is a frontline worker in dealing with coronavirus. So lets hope for the best and be flexible and understanding if she has a last-minute commitment.

MAY – Housing co-ops! – Tues., May 55:30-7:30pm (join anytime)
Join us as we aim to return to our regular First Tuesday date/time.

We will have (most important) a basic sanity check-in, then brief updates about Home Share Oregon and other microdwelling projects of attendees.

In our speaker segment, we will have several featured guests for 5-10 minutes each, talking about co-ops formed here 20-40 years ago that are still providing low-cost housing today, most below $500/month for a single person (some have dwellings for families too). What can we learn to help us create more in the future?

Afterward, to the extent possible online, we will have chatting among ourselves in smaller groups according to interests (using Zooms Break Rooms feature).

MAY – Jan Spencers One-Earth Living event – Thurs., May 7 5:30-8:30pm, join/come anytime
Check back closer to the day; this was envisioned as an in-person event, but depending on guidance from the governor/CDC, it may be moved to Zoom or postponed again.
River Road permaculture evangelist Jan Spencer will share his slide presentation on One-Earth Living at 6:30-7:30pm. We can chat among ourselves (sanity check-in) beforehand, and afterward there will be small-group conversation circles on microdwelling and housing co-ops, car-free living, sustainability, and related topics.
JUNE – Tues., June 9 – 5:30-7:30pm (join anytime)
JULY – Tues., July 7 – 5:30-7:30pm (join/come anytime)
We hope this one can be outdoors in person at Ciderlicious in River Road. Check back closer to the day.

Announcements/quick updates since February (the last sizable in-person social hour):
* Fred – is joining the board of Community Supported Shelters!
* Sherri – has become a/the Lane County liaison for Home Share Oregon, a statewide program launching this spring/summer to connect homeowners with renters seeking a room. It is especially seeking homeowners. Anyone interested is encouraged to sign up for its periodic e-newsletter via the website to be notified of its progress and launch.
* Dylan – check his website for updates on the Backyard Barnraising project

POSSIBLE featured guests for future social hours (speaking for 5 minutes each on a housing-related project they are involved with)

Tiny-House Takeover:

  • (Reminder: Amanda will need 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 their future second community of tiny houses in Eugene (34 on several acres currently owned by a church)
  • 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/TinyHouse4U in Springfield
  • Greywater Action co-founder Laura Allen, now of Eugene

Other possible future speakers:

  • 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 South Eugene gent who has worked with the City over several years to secure approval of a co-living development on one tax lot that will include a single-family house, a two-story greenhouse, an attached mother-in-law quarters, an RV hookup [for a tiny house], an ADU, and a home-office space.
  • 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.
  • 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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  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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