With decades of remodeling experience through McCulloch Construction, the Foundation knows how to transform houses and buildings into better, larger, more functional space. We are able to increase density, provide more affordable housing, and maintain or improve the character of the architecture, while also protecting the natural environment. Articles and hearing literature that cover how much the city and the county have spent on “affordable housing” projects proves that we are able to spend considerably less while building more attractive and efficient affordable housing. We’ve been working with organizations, policy makers, financial experts and others to come up with alternative solutions to the homeless problem and to increase the supply of affordable housing.
The Sharewell Model
We transform very small houses into larger homes with an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) as well, if it is possible. Investors or residents will be able to buy into the property as shareholders with a guaranteed rate of return. In this way, we increase the supply of affordable housing, provide a pathway into the property market for low-income individuals and families (or socially-responsible investors), and create a shared housing community where people who face similar challenges can help each other succeed.
What is the Sharewell Model?
Sharewell is a potentially revolutionary housing model: economical, intentional communities that share common areas. People who seek affordability can live together, gaining community. Demographics with something in common can network and help each succeed. From teachers to elders, from vets to single mothers, these micro communities integrate into neighborhoods. The Sharewell fits any demographic that requires affordability and community.
1. Sharewell is optimal in cost-effective housing models. That means more help with every dollar invested.
2. It integrates Sharewell members into neighborhoods, rather than isolating them in larger projects.
3. It promotes the mental health and stability of belonging to a Sharewell family.
4. It allows for socially responsible investors to address the problems of homelessness and affordability while investing in their own futures. Prosperity and growth drives up prices, ironically pricing those at the bottom out of their own homes. The affordability crisis is a surprising byproduct of disposable income. That income can be converted into a safe investment that solves the homeless emergency, one person at a time. Thus the root problem is converted into the solution.
5. Because Sharewell homes adapt existing housing, they are environmentally friendly. Because they are high quality, they are long term and will not go in the landfill later.
6. It is scaleable: it can be expanded infinitely as housing prices and homelessness increase.
7. It provides a ladder to success. While people are without an organized home base they can’t get ahead. Once that is established they can move to the next level. Share-well is not a hand out, but a hand up.
8. It will help keep our urban areas cleaner, safer, and healthier for everyone.
By building small shared housing, people who face similar challenges can help each other succeed.
9. Large housing projects concentrate at-risk populations, often making them more vulnerable. Sharewell housing integrates into communities without stigmatizing.
A Specific Sharewell Model
The Sharewell optimizes group living, providing affordability, belonging, and connection to a community. It is a hand up, rather than a hand out, in which those willing to work for better futures experience greater success together than they otherwise could.
Each Sharewell is social engineering for a group of people who reap collective benefits beyond what they could find living alone. For all people, the benefits of a social network mean longer lives and better health. Forming communities designed to help each other is the Sharewell magic.
From housing for former opioid addicts, to ex-cons, to elder housing, to families who can help each other with child rearing to housing for those who suffer from mental illness, the Sharewell is the future of housing.
Our Women’s Empowerment Sharewell is a micro community of women just starting their careers. These seven were curated from one hundred applicants, based on common interests and compatibility. As part of their housing they are paying rents from a generation ago, while enjoying social outings, and meeting many of Oregon’s most powerful women leaders and success stories from all walks of life.
As with all Sharewell members these seven agree as a condition of their lease to attend a monthly meeting where they learn how to empower themselves, and to plan events and outings designed to improve their bonds of friendship.
In visiting the empowerment group, we hear the laughter and love that these friends have for each other. They make team decisions, they collaborate to find better job opportunities, and they set aside times for group outings as often as possible. There is a shared sense of gratitude in the house for the better quality of life made possible by their family-like group dynamic.