Boilerplate response to ill-informed anti-homeless comments on social media

Arguably the best policy, but every so often one cant avoid it. Feel free to plagiarize or adapt the response below as you encounter anti-homeless comments on social media (and/or in real life). This particular comment featured the quaint notion that all a homeless Eugenean would have to do to be housed was to get […]

Test Your Eugene Housing Literacy!

In our conversations with Eugeneans, especially longtime homeowners, we have found that many lack basic information about the housing situation in Eugene today. We hope this test can be a tool for deepening understanding, starting conversations, and broadening the dialogue about the many solutions that are needed. First, take the test (without answers) at bit.ly/housing-test; […]

On seeing the Eugene City Council kick the can down the road once again on housing (STRs this time)

A few weeks back, in a post that provoked quite a few Comments, I wrote about how short-term rentals are yet another factor depleting housing stock in cities across America; the scope of the problem in Eugene; and what many other municipalities have done about it. This week our City Council had the opportunity to […]

Snapshots of Eugene #1: Poverty at Christmastime (a continuing series)

This post is for anyone who still believes the myth most or all people are unhoused because they have drug/alcohol/mental health problems, or they <choose to live that way>. A few posts from the Facebook group Eugene/Springfield Resources, in response to the question <What is one thing you NEED that you cannot afford right now?> […]

Proposal: The NOAH Alliance

I rather like the idea that some are talking about of a NOAH Alliance, composed of all the local providers of naturally occurring affordable housing (referred to as NOAH by some policy wonks) in Eugene — non-subsidized housing affordable to the average Eugene renter. It is important to highlight the essential service these providers, from […]

First Tuesday MicroDwellers social hour: meet others who care about small affordable housing

TENTATIVE featured guests on Tues., Feb. 4 (speaking for 5 minutes each on a housing-related project they are involved with) include: Alexis Biddle of 1000 Friends of Oregon on what housing advocates in Corvallis and elsewhere in the state are doing Heather Johnson or Fred Pitts of the local tiny-house village project Eugene architect/developer Dylan […]

Preserving rental housing in Eugene: the negative impact of Airbnb + other short-term rentals

ETA for the time-challenged: Click this link to read a 250-word summary of the key points in this post, published as a letter to Eugene Weekly in the December 19, 2019, issue. [Late-breaking correction: Delete <Many of these houses are owned by outside investors (including dozens by Expedia).> The map prepared by City staff used […]

Four solutions for homeowners with too-big houses

Many homeowners, especially empty-nesters and seniors, come to our Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers social hours because they are exploring ways to house more people on their property — which we find heartening and encouraging! Below are four possibilities we think are worth considering. 1. Backyard cottages (ADUs) Many of the homeowners who come to us (especially older […]

Fifteen ways Eugene can move forward on housing, transit, and climate action in 2020

The City of Eugenes latest effort to Engage me — this time via a survey about its Climate Action Plan, years in the making but projected to achieve only 40% of its goals — asks, <As the City Council reviews these additional policy options to mitigate carbon, is there any specific feedback you would like […]

Quads: affordable living, open to all Eugeneans

13th & Olive is an orange-and-pink intrusion at the southern edge of downtown that most Eugeneans love to hate. Its three massive (for Eugene), garishly colored buildings loom over the street, with no setbacks or (on Willamette Street, its most prominent face) street trees to soften the blow. Nor does it have any street-level retail […]