The next Solutions discussion was going to be about refugee shelters, with a presentation from Susan Stocker, and shelters for the homeless by Tod Schneider who has a lot to do with the Conestoga Huts that are used in so many places in Eugene. Unfortunately Susan has to be out of town on the day of the discussion so Tod will be our solo guest speaker.
Cottage Grove is finalizing plans for a tiny house development that would provide low income housing for $250 – $350 per month. Could this be part of the solution to homelessness? http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35242928-75/developers-choose-property-for-cottage-grove-tiny-house-community.html.csp
Tiny houses are critical to the success of Oportunity Village where rents are $5 per day. http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34942261-78/tiny-houses-offer-big-opportunity-for-homeless.html.csp
This link has a video of some of the tiny houses in Eugene. http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2014/11/tiny_houses_for_homeless.html
Most homeless people have other problems, some have substance abuse or mental problems. Some say that emergency shelter is critical “Housing First” philosophy suggests that once they have homes then their other needs can be addressed. http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34862207-78/emergency-shelter-key-to-success-for-homeless.html.csp
A popular form of emergency shelter utilized in Eugene are the Conestoga Huts. http://communitysupportedshelters.org/conestoga-huts
There are several designs for low cost refugee houses. Could they be adapted for use by the homeless?
Homes for refugees: eight new designs for conflict housing. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/jul/30/refugee-shelters-new-designs-ikea-fema-military-haiti-jordan-syria-iraq
Ikea Supplies Syrian Refugees With 10,000 Temporary Homes http://www.racked.com/2015/11/30/9818350/ikea-syrian-refugees-better-shelter