Cottages United Program

It is our mission to provide seniors with an affordable home, that allows them to age in place with dignity. We have created plans for an intentional community of small, safe, affordable cottages that are tastefully designed and supported by the surrounding Swegle community.

Cottages United Updates:

The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley broke ground on Phase 1 with the first 10 cottages on September 19, 2023. 

The first round of 10 cottages are scheduled to be complete late spring/early summer.

Program Details

  • Build Affordable, Safe, and Sustainable Housing
  • Initial Priority for Seniors, Women and Veterans
  • Rent is $500 per month
  • Meets Building/Energy codes
  • Durable and Functional as well as Cost Effective Construction
  • Easily Replicable/Multiple Communities


Many older Oregonians are entitled to Social Security benefits. However, these benefits (currently $1,550.48 average for an individual*) remain well below the poverty line and often fail to cover the cost of housing. Truthfully, a senior person relying on benefits cannot afford housing at the Free Market Rate anywhere in the country.

Solution & Impact

We have purchased four lots on Market Street near Swegle Elementary. Plans are underway to build 25 cottages with community spaces for seniors to gather.

Cottages United

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Board Member: Morgan Sund