Port Hope Delaware's Housing Solutions
Affordable Housing Solutions through renovation and Tiny House Villages
Port Hope Delaware Inc. General Services will participate in the renovation and remodeling of properties that become available to create micro apartments, shared housing and other truly affordable housing opportunities for folks at all income levels.
Tiny House Villages
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.
The Sense of place, purpose and ownership given to those who find a home in these communities are some of the most effective and sure ways toward removing the pervasive social stigma surrounding being unhoused.
What Does It Take?
OUR PLANS FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT
The search for a site that we feel is appropriate is ongoing for the first Port Hope Delaware Tiny House Development. Once a site has been identified we will begin steps to creating Delaware's First Tiny House Village of truly affordable supportive housing.
Our plans include:
- Site preparation - Obtaining, clearing and cleaning a piece of property that has minimal impact on adjacent residences and businesses
- Involving potential residents/homeless in cleaning and working the land
- Obtaining consultation and input from police/sheriff and fire departments for safety and well-being of the entire community
- Obtaining permits from City and County required to move forward
- Obtaining/building infrastructure services (water, sewer, power, communications)
- Completing building plans on tiny houses and begin building houses
- Providing for an on-site caretaker
- Developing intake and assessment forms for process for volunteers and potential residents
- Setting up sustainable food production
- Establishing Small orchards and gardens
- Developing a self-governing community model
- Forming a council of residents and Port Hope Village leaders for village admission including security, site maintenance, garden development and fire protection
No Need to Reinvent the Wheel
There are so many examples of successful villages
throughout the country and more and more created every day.
Second Wind Cottages -NewfIeld NY
18 units - Donated private land
Dignity Village - Portland Oregon
43 units - $1,000 yearly lease city land
Occupy Madison - Madison WI
15 units - $500 annually leased private land
Quixote Village - Olympia WA
30 units - $87,000 purchased city land
Opportunity Village - Eugene Oregon
30 units -$1000 annually leased private land
Community First Village - Austin Tx
200 units - 27 acres - $30,000 purchased private land
It might not be a perfect system and, like most ventures, it will need further development to become a permanent solution to homelessness. However, in the spirit of spreading love, joy and opportunity, the tiny home movement is making a huge difference by reminding the country that it’s the little things that count the most.