They seemed to have a strict screening process, a two week review before someone was accepted and when it comes to rule enforcement they preferred to think of it in terms of “interventions”. They seemed to have well run meetings, where they handled issues that come up. We laughed, as they had a very similar conversation as we have heard in the past – about who does the dishes. They had a ballot process for voting on people, which we liked because it is hard to vote against someone getting a home.
This is their kitchen area, they cook on propane stove and also had another stove that was donated for cooking in a large pot. The stove was pretty cool, but they were still figuring out how to use it. I think that is also how they heated the water to do the aforementioned dishes . . . which is why it is hard to do dishes. They house is the pantry where they keep their food. They had recently gotten a bunch of donations of cans of food that were expired, so they were figuring out how to dispose of the unwanted donation.
They were also in the process of building a shower. They currently don’t have any shower facilities and are using portapotties – they were thinking they might need to order more – but that is another expense.
They were making raised bed gardens, they can’t plant in the ground because there was a trailer park there and they were concerned that there were people cooking meth there. And they were concerned about what the city dumped on this soil.
Some of the people waiting for a home were still sleeping in tents. Only two at the moment.
The land is city land located in an isolated area but it did have bus service – they said it was land no one else wanted and it was rented to them for a year and then when the city is ready to build storage for trucks they may have to move. I asked how they were going to move the houses and it was something they were confident they could figure out, but specific plans have not been made. The houses come apart if necessary, but they would prefer to move them on a flatbed truck.
People who live in the village weren’t really helping build the houses as much as they had wanted, but once the house is build they paint and roof and do the inside of the houses, to personalize them. The shop is nearby in the industrial area.
And here’s the finished houses.
They gave us a bunch of paperwork I still have to look over. It was a really pleasant visit and I’ll have more to say later I suspect! This was their third working community we visited. We also visited to tent encampments in Eugene, that will be tomorrow.
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