Heading back to camp after picking up supplies
Help us create
Hope's Village of SLO
on the Central Coast of California
A 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization. Tax ID 46-0526292
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Santa Margarita, CA 93453
Open Community Meetings
Our 2019 community discussions will resume in September 2019
(First Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am at the
SLO Salvation Army
(Corner of Islay & Chorro Streets)
HOPE'S VILLAGE IS IN THE NEWS!
In a city where too many people lack basic human needs, Hope’s Village will be a safe haven where people who are homeless and want to work hard to improve their lives can live in simple tiny homes, put their skills to good use, develop new ones, and one day be able to contribute to the surrounding community. Hope’s Village will be an eco-friendly, self-sustaining model community village for other areas of the county and state to follow - a viable and novel housing solution for our neighbors who have little or no income.
When we find our site, the villagers and volunteers will work to build 30 more tiny "Cabins on Wheels" using sustainable building methods. These cabins will all be licensed through the DMV. Imagine a small neighborhood of attractive tiny homes built from natural and re-used materials; a large common house with a commercial kitchen, office, dining area, bathrooms, and laundry facilities; a large organic garden for produce and flowers, and a barn/workshop where villagers can develop micro-enterprises. The villagers will be responsible for maintaining their homes and the village, and our experienced managers will be on site around-the-clock to provide support.
A village in which everyone participates and is included
Each villager will be a part of the Village Council, will have a voice and a vote in village decisions, and will contribute to the well-being of the village. A council representative will meet with the Hope's Village Board on a weekly basis to review progress toward goals such as previous homelessness issues, public safety, respect for one another, cooperation, sustainability, and civic participation.
Villagers will contribute to the well-being of our community
Villagers who are able will learn new job skills enabling them to obtain meaningful work on or off site. They will be encouraged to start (or continue) their education, and to take advantage of the excellent community services available to them provided by numerous agencies on the Central Coast of California. We work in cooperation now with these agencies an are endorsed by many.
The village will be a model for sustainability and civic participation, with the smallest carbon footprint possible. Like an old-fashioned barn raising, building the common house will promote interaction, cooperation, and a better understanding between our previously homeless villagers and local community volunteers as they come together to work. Previously held stereotypes will be reduced by this common effort: experience breeds understanding.
A safe and drug-free environment
SLO has adopted the “Housing/Community First” model to resolve our homelessness crisis. We strongly believe in "community first." In that spirit, Hope’s Village will not only provide stable transitional or permanent housing (a proven foundation for empowering people to move forward in life) but will also be a safe and supportive community where villagers can contribute and support each other.
Hope's Village will be a drug-free environment with no theft or violence. Our board of directors and the villagers will work in cooperation with the SLO County Sheriff to ensure potential villagers come with no outstanding warrants in California or elsewhere. All local law enforcement agencies and governmental officials have been, and will continue to be, kept apprised on all aspects of our village.
Hope's Village is part of the local solution to reduce homelessness
We currently have liability insurance for the board of directors and our "Showers of Hope" Program. When we open the village, we will have liability insurance coverage as well ~ holding the County of San Luis Obispo (or any landowner giving us a long term lease) harmless from all liability.
Our village will allow people who were homeless another chance for a better life. They will have the stability of a real home in a safe, healthy, and friendly environment, and will be shown all the love and support we have to offer.
Since its inception, our board has been working in conjunction with other homeless service agencies in the county to better assist our unhoused neighbors. Thanks to government officials and others who endorse our project (and many donors, who have already placed their trust in us), we have $60,000 in our bank account! We've already housed 100+ homeless people; and now more of our unhoused neighbors will soon have roofs over their heads, be able to help promote the same placement for others, and have a much brighter future.
We envision this project as a catalyst for the state, the nation and beyond, pioneering an effective alternative to homelessness, an example of sustainable design of urban communities, and a viable housing model for the future of our modern society.