Cottage Grove’s tiny house village project on East Madison received a matching grant of $50,000 to help complete the project funding. Every donation received will be matched by the grant, doubling the impact.

Cottage Village has $155,000 left to raise to finish financing the Village. The first 9-of-13 tiny homes were completed August 2020 and residents moved in that September. With this grant and matching donations, plus an additional $50,000 grant pending, completion of the remaining homes and community center is in sight. The organization plans to raise the rest of the money locally to finish the project by this summer.

Four of the residents who moved in last September were in the midst of navigating homelessness and all of them were struggling with the crippling cost of housing. One resident, Fawn, had been putting off her hip replacement surgery because she was homeless and had no place to recover. She is recovering well from the surgery and gets to see her grandchildren much more often now that she has a home. 

Another resident, Aislinn, was homeless for two years before coming to Cottage Village. She explains, “We have an amazing group of people who just want this place to thrive and people have really gone out of their way to work together in learning to operate this housing cooperative. It’s all been such an incredible experience.”

SquareOne’s Executive Director, Dan Bryant, said: “The support of so many local individuals, churches, businesses and foundations has proven it truly takes a community to raise a village. We look forward to completing Cottage Village so it can provide housing for our community members for generations to come. We invite you to donate and help finish these homes!”

Donations to Cottage Village can be made online at squareonevillages.org/cvc or by check to SquareOne Villages, with “Cottage Village” in the memo line at 15 Polk Street, Eugene, OR 97402.

CSD vacancy: The Board of Directors of Creswell School District 40 is accepting applications from district patrons to fill one budget committee vacancy. The applicant selected will serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2023. To be eligible for appointment, an applicant must live in the district; not be an officer or employee of the district; and be a qualified voter of the district. Interested patrons should submit a letter explaining the reasons for wishing to serve on the budget committee, along with a short resume. Please email these documents to the board secretary, Marilyn Cruzan, at [email protected] by noon on Monday, March 1, 2021. For questions, call Marilyn Cruzan at 541 895-6000. Recommendations and appointments will be made at the March 10, 2021 board meeting.

Free face coverings: The Lane County Extension office in Eugene continues to be a resource of free face coverings for the local agricultural community. So far, the office has distributed about 3,500 face coverings to 11 farms, and there are 2,600 left in the office. The office is closed to the general public due to the county’s extreme risk level, but those who want the coverings can fill out an online form and then be scheduled for pick-up. 

– Compiled from Chronicle news services.