"Heben, the young urban planner and tiny-home evangelist who lives
nearby, showed me around, explaining that Opportunity — which grew out
of an Occupy camp, with the support of Eugene’s mayor — was built with
$100,000 in donated funds plus roughly another $100,000 worth of donated
material. Cottages cost a max of $2,000 apiece to build. Residents chip
in $30 a month for the shared utilities.
Life at Opportunity does
not feel as tidy as at Quixote. With no proper indoor kitchen,
residents cook on grills or with a variety of toaster ovens in an
outdoor area. The cottages are not heated, and on really cold nights,
everyone sleeps in the yurt.
'There’s lots of sickness and colds,'
said Tom, who looked a bit like an older Matthew McConaughey with his
blue eyes and long blond hair under a Hard Rock Cafe cap. A former Ohio
trucker who lost work during the recession, he now collects cans around
town so he can make up to $20 a day in refunds. He likes to buy steak
with his food stamps."
This is a great article about several communities of micro-houses. Very thought-inducing.