Boilerplate response to anti-coliving articles, posts + comments

This post was written in response to the posting (without critical analysis) of an anti-co-living article on a local pro-housing Facebook page. Which shows where we are in the work to advance housing diversity here. As microdwelling options enter the public consciousness in Eugene, I am sure this will be needed again (and again) by […]

The lowdown on composting toilets: A (belated) report from World Toilet Day 2019

Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers members Helen Goche and Fred Pitts attended the World Toilet Day event at Whirled Pies in downtown Eugene last November, organized by the sustainability nonprofit Greywater Action. They compiled such an info-packed report that I wanted to share it more widely. For those new to greywater, I have added some background on the […]

Why I will be devoting more space here to the need to regulate entire-house short-term rentals

Entire-house STRs are only one of many elements contributing to our citys housing shortage, and are not the primary concern of Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers. But by a very conservative estimate, they have already removed more than 1,600 bedrooms from the local housing inventory. (A high estimate is 7,000.) Unlike many other housing advocates in Eugene, I […]

Eugene City Council Candidates Housing Questionnaire

As we are all short on time, I feel these three questions will tell me all I need to know about whether candidates would be housing champions on the City Council, which is what Eugene urgently needs to reverse the decades-long policies and attitudes that have combined to make the City the worst in the […]

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 […]

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 11 – 5:30-8:30pm, come anytimeCentral Presbyterian Church ; 555 E. 15thThe event will include a presentation by Jan and small-group conversation circles on microdwelling and housing co-ops, car-free living, sustainability, […]