Port Hope Delaware's Village of Victory
Delaware's First Tiny House Village for formerly Homeless
Village of Victory
If we are able to work out the details with the County,
2736 Forrest Avenue, Dover De 19904
will be the site for the First Tiny House Village for Homeless in Delaware
Planting our Roots with a Village Design and Development
For the past decade these tiny cottages, originally built as an effort to downsize and reduce the carbon footprint on the environment, have been erected on the outskirts of cities across the country in tiny communities geared toward the homeless population.
Port Hope Delaware Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of Delaware. We are in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. We are supported by people who have experienced homelessness or are currently experiencing homelessness and those who are and have been more traditionally housed. Our current project is Port Hope Delaware's Village of Victory, Delaware's First Tiny House Village for FORMERLY homeless. We have found a wonderful site suitable for the village of 15 tiny homes and hopefully even more in the future. We have been blessed with a partnership made in Heaven with Victory Church and Pastor Aaron Appling. They have committed not only 3 or 4 acres of land to erect Tiny Houses for what will be Formerly Homeless people, but they have committed their love, compassion, time, staff and the opportunity for the Village to have a true home with a congregation of people ready willing and able to offer them the chance that they need to change their lives. Our goal is to create a cooperatively run, self managed village for folks to live in a sustainable way. In addition to providing a safe and supportive community we also envision raised bed gardens, a green house, solar and wind energy and many more environmentally friendly systems to help make the village as self supportive as possible. We welcome suggestions and hope to have discussions about what will work best from neighbors and the community.
Some concerns that have been raised:
We will follow a Housing First philosophy that gets people in to housing first, and then you deal with other issues. Issues are much easier to solve when you have housing.
Will the tenants be required to pay rent?
Although rent will not be charged each tenant will be required to help with utilities and maintenance of the village at around $200-$250 per month. Each tenant will be guided in acquiring rental assistance if needed or will have a monthly income from disability, Social Security income or part time income.
Will this be for men, women or families?
Our goal is to provide supportive housing for the chronically homeless, veterans and men re-entering the community from incarceration and other programs. We would therefore need to limit our residents to single men at the first phase of this village.
Will there be social services provided for the tenants?
Tenants will be guided to and provided with information on Mental health, physical and dental health, social services, life skills, drug and alcohol abuse counseling and employment and training services.
The Housing First approach has proven effective in realizing success in all areas of life when the problem of stable housing is resolved.
How big will the houses be?
Each cabin will be 10x20 (200 sq ft.) single level with a storage loft. It will include a small kitchen, an open area living room/bedroom and a bathroom with shower.
How are the houses being built?
We have carpenters, local unions and local school district committed to provide all the construction. Prison Industries has been presented with the project and is considering helping as well. The carpenters will do the bulk of the building while the students will learn and help provide carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding support. We will only need to purchase materials (or look for donations) all labor is being volunteered!!!!
We are looking for folks, churches, businesses etc. to "adopt a house" with the plan to offer the group the privilege of decorating the house, choosing the paint colors, naming the house and landscaping its yard in return for the donation.
Why don’t people use the local shelters?
Many varied reasons; They have a dog or pet, they are a couple and there is not a place for couples to stay together, they have anxiety or PTSD or similar issues and can’t sleep in group living situations or panic being locked in a facility, their 60 days are used up and they have to wait a year before they can go back unless it is less than 32 degrees, their belongings aren’t’ safe, they work second and third shift or odd hours, they have conflicts with other guests or staff, they want privacy, etc. etc. etc.
As we begin this process
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
- Monetary Donations
•Tiny House Construction