Quixote Village, Olympia WA

This is a self-governing community of 30 cottages each 144 sq.feet on 2.2 acres.  The land is leased from the county (40 years at $1 per year) on property adjacent to the county dump.  This program had considerable grant support from both state and federal sources.

Their main web site:  http://quixotevillage.com/

The NYTimes did a long story featuring this village.

Tiny Homes, Nashville TN

Nashville’s tiny homes project grew out of a campground for the homeless organized by a local church.

Here’s a good history of the project

Open Table Nashville appears to serve as an umbrella for homeless services, including the tiny homes.  Their site includes many resources for community planning.

The Atlantic did a story on Nashville’s program.

Community First, Austin TX

Mobile Loaves & Fishes began as a Catholic ministry to provide meals to the homeless.  More recently, they launched Community First to provide a village of mini-houses for the homeless.  Their programs also promote micro-businesses to help them earn income while developing skills.

Their web site is more polished than most in terms of marketing the program and conveying the human story behind these houses.

mlf.org/community-first

A CNN story about this project.

New Committee Member

Hey all,

I spoke with Darlene Zeh who is a real estate agent for Miranda Realty and she has just moved to Saratoga Lake from Rotterdam.  She also has her own not for profit, Giving4ward which was responsible for the rehab of the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club.  The project was a $250,000 rehab and she had all but $17,000 of materials and labor donated.  It was a total makeover and looks fabulous.  She had originally contacted me to see how she could assist with SOS getting a building in between our existing Walworth houses to be used as a drop and low income housing. I thought perhaps her skill set would be useful to this committee and have invited her to our next meeting.

Mike

Second Wind Cottages, Ithaca NY

Second Wind Cottages is the mini-house project in the Ithaca region.  The first of their 16’x20′ cottages was occupied in January 2014, with a goal to complete up to 18 such buildings.  It began as a faith-based initiative but does not require religious activity by its residents.  The actual location is in Newfield, a rural location about 5 miles from downtown Ithaca

Their official site:  http://www.secondwindcottages.org

News stories

YouTube interview with a founder

Dignity Village, Portland Oregon

Here are some links concerning Portland’s mini-house project.

Their web site  http://dignityvillage.org/
You’ll find links here to all aspects, including their incorporation, history, and services.  There is also a large photo gallery for the site.

Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignity_Village

Some news stories: