TINY HOMES PROJECT

The lack of safe, affordable housing is the primary reason for rural homelessness. Individuals experiencing homelessness in rural areas typically face precarious housing conditions or move from one extremely substandard, overcrowded, and/or cost-burdened housing situation to another (National Alliance to End Homelessness).

As a result, rural homelessness is often undercounted and, in some communities, the actual rate of homelessness may be up to 3 times higher than the reported rate of homelessness (TN-512 HMIS, 2015-2019).

TVCH is leading an unprecedented collaborative effort to mitigate homelessness in the city of LaFollette with The Tiny Homes Project. This transformative community exists to care for and serve our friends coming out of homelessness who yearn for a permanent place to call home.

This project embraces the strategy of Housing First and allows folks safe, affordable and eco-friendly housing.

WANT TO SPONSOR OR BUILD A HOME? COMMIT TO PROVIDING A HOME ON PHASE III OF JOURNEY VILLAGE AND HELP LIFE UP A HOMELESS INDIVIDUAL INTO A NEW PATH.

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  • Phase 1: Secure all partnership and implement holistic community plans.
  • Phase 2: Secure land, begin infrastructure and funding to make this project a success. To be completed by December 2020.
  • Phase 3: Build 20 units. To be completed by July 2021.
  • Phase 4: Build community center and recreational activities by December 2021.

Journey Village

Phase I: Positioned on 7 areas of land, Journey Village will have 20 homes for single adults. Journey Village will have wrap-around, onsite services to get people who are homeless off the street and transition them to permanent housing. This combination of housing stability and onsite services leads to more successful permanent housing outcomes.

Why?

TVCH has identified 100 literally homeless individuals in Campbell County. Of the individuals with a disabling condition, 48% have an income at 30% or below.

As rents continue to rise, and wages remain steady, Journey Village offers eligible households the stability of a home at an affordable price, one that is safe and efficient, while working to reach their full potential.

The Solution

This project consists of 20 one-story single-family homes, that will be sustainable, creative, and affordable. The homes will consist of 1 bedroom 1 bath, ranging from 400 – 700 sq ft. Rent will be from $220 or 30% of income.

The project will take the Whole-House Systems Approach for Energy Conservation and provide energy-efficient landscaping strategies, rain gardens, rain barrels, and soluble driveways. Recreational activities may include: walking trail, basketball court, community garden, pond, and gym.