SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning View Alerts

Two Eugene residents given keys to new tiny homes

Emerald Village Eugene gives keys to two new tiny homeowners.

Posted: Dec 23, 2017 11:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Two Eugene residents received keys to their tiny homes on Saturday.

Gibert Hayes and Kentrel Davis now have a small and warm place they can call home.

Their tiny homes were built through a project of SquareOne Villages called Emerald Village Eugene. The $1.7 million project will provide 22 tiny homes to low-income individuals who are in need of housing.

The project started summer 2017 and is expected to be completed by spring of next year.

Hayes and Davis will pay rent ranging from $250 to $350 per month.

The homes are financed by a combination of private donations, the City of Eugene, and contributions from local architects, builders, and various businesses.

John Ekstrom said they are using their children’s inheritance to make a contribution to fund one of the homes.

“We made that as an example to our children,” Ekstrom said. “We’re giving their inheritance for a good cause and hopefully they make some good habits in terms of supporting the community and a worthy project like this.”

Prior to moving into his tiny home, Hayes had been living in a conversion van. He purchased a motor home from a friend and he had been living in it for the past year.

“Most of the time I had no power, “he said.

When Hayes walked into his new tiny home it was completely furnished.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Hayes said. “It’s amazing. It’s beautiful!”

Dan Hill is the architectural coordinator for the project. He designed Hayes home.

Hill said each home averages a budget of $15,000 and the labor for its construction is free.

“It’s been fun to be able to pull people together that love doing this kind of stuff – love giving,” Hill said.

Hill said he’s been designing tiny homes for people in international communities who are also in need of housing.

“A lot of time we take it for granted you know, that housing is just available to everybody,” said Hill.

Hill said tiny homes are more sustainable because they require less financial and material resources to build.

The ownership of the land will stay under SquareOne Villages name and the homes will be given to the occupants, according to Hill.

“I’m looking forward to be involved in the rest of the projects for other people,” Hayes said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 156037

Reported Deaths: 2225
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31920532
Washington21287212
Marion18513285
Clackamas13410176
Lane10311128
Jackson8448113
Umatilla767182
Deschutes596260
Yamhill378965
Linn359757
Malheur335158
Polk306942
Klamath279655
Douglas250555
Josephine236152
Benton234816
Jefferson196228
Coos150020
Union128519
Columbia127121
Wasco122126
Lincoln113620
Hood River106929
Morrow105014
Crook77618
Clatsop7756
Baker6619
Curry4296
Tillamook4172
Lake3786
Harney2756
Grant2231
Wallowa1424
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Partly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 41°
Corvallis
Partly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 40°
Roseburg
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 50°
North Bend
Partly Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 44°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events