Tiny Home Village

 

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17 acres purchased for tiny-home village in Cullman, AL

Our dream of building a tiny-home village to help people transition out of homelessness has suddenly come one giant step closer to reality! In mid-August, by faith, we put an offer in on a 17 acre property. Our offer was accepted and we had 45 days to raise the $60,000 that was needed. Although a little nervous, we were believing that the Lord would provide the needed funds. However, we didn’t know exactly how.

We were all amazed when in only fourteen days, the need was exceeded through our generous supporters! Not only was enough given, but more than enough! We have now closed on the land and own it free and clear. All of us are very thankful and grateful at what God has done. Many people gave generously and sacrificially to make the purchase of this property happen and we thank God for every gift.

The property is located at 7145 HWY 278 West in Cullman. That’s in the Bethel community just past the caution light on the left. The property is completely wooded so there will need to be a lot of clearing done, but it should make a great village.

 

Signing the papers to close on the land.

 

L to R Tara Philyaw, Travis Sharpe, April Sharpe, Josh Stancil.

 

 

A MULTI-PHASE PLAN

 

Phase ONE

  • Purchase the land
  • Infrastructure work
  • Building a workshop
  • Building campsites
  • Building four homes

Phase TWO

  • Building the community center
  • Expanding the infrastructure
  • Building four more homes

Phase THREE

  • Building offices and warehouse
  • Expanding the infrastructure
  • Building additional homes

 

The next steps

Now that we own the property, the real work begins. We need to get some equipment in and start clearing out underbrush and small trees. The property is completely wooded so we need this done in order for the surveyors to be able to get in and do a topographical survey of the land.

This survey will then be used by a civil engineer as we lay out the master site plan. We hope to eventually have all of our offices and everything located on this property so a master site plan will aid us in making sure we are utilizing the property to it’s fullest potential.

Once the clearing, survey, and site plan are complete, we will be free to move on with infrastructure work and construction.

Phase ONE details

Infrastructure work

We will create a master site plan that takes into consideration all phases of the complete project. Then, build out the infrastructure and utilities with that in mind. The complete infrastructure doesn’t have to be developed at this phase but depending on cost of doing certain portions all at one time, we may build some of it out during phase I.

Infrastructure work that needs to be completed:

  • Clear the land removing most pines and saving most hardwoods
  • Digging the stumps and clearing underbrush
  • Topographical survey
  • Master site plan- A master site plan is needed so that we can maximize the space on our property. The services of a civil engineer will be needed here.
  • Entrances, roads, etc.
  • Build a shop- We will need to erect a shop to support the building operations and long-term care and maintenance of the Village. This will be a metal building with concrete floor and in the 40’x60′ size range.

Building the homes

The homes will be 14×40 (approximate size) locally made portable buildings. One of those will be used as an office/supervisors lodging. That home will be converted into housing after the completion of phase II. The other three homes will be used as housing during phase I. These homes will have a complete bath and kitchen and will be finished out on the inside with a cottage type feel. They will be very nice and suitable for single people or a small family.

We are praying for local volunteers and also mission teams to come help with finishing the inside of the homes, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, etc.

Phase ONE operations

The three homes in this first phase will be used as needed. With these larger, full bath and kitchen houses, we can house families, mothers with children, or singles. Phase one will be a time of learning and understanding how to operate the village. The specifics about our program will be developed during this phase as we learn and grow into the operation of the village. These first three homes can be used as emergency housing or longer-term housing. We will adjust the usage depending upon the needs.

I am counting on one of the residents becoming a “host” for the village. They will be the person to keep an eye on things during the evenings and when staff or volunteers are not around. We will also install a camera system that can be monitored off site 24/7 to help with supervision of the village.

Phase ONE costs

Land clearing and infrastructure work- $175,000

Houses- $168,000 ($42,000 per house)

Total projected cost- $343,000

Total amount raised- $26,990

Amount still needed- $316,010

Donations can be made toward these costs by clicking the donate button below.

 

Volunteer Information

As this project continues, volunteers will be needed for various aspects of the construction. Listed below are some of the areas we will be seeking volunteers to fill.

  • Heavy equipment work building roads and moving dirt
  • Site prep work
  • Engineering
  • Septic system installation
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Painters
  • Finish carpenters
  • Landscaping

If you feel led to help in one of these areas, please email Travis at info@unsheltered.org.

 

Land clearing for phase ONE has begun



FAQ’s

  • When will the first homes be built? We will bring the first homes in after the infrastructure work is completed. We cannot start on the homes until we can safely have access to the property with the proper roads, electrical, and other infrastructure being in place.
  • When will the village open? As far as a time frame, we are unsure at this point. It will depend upon the completion of the infrastructure work and the availability of funding for the project.
  • How will the development be funded? The development of the village will be funded through private donations. We don’t anticipate accepting government funding. Private grants through foundations and workplaces are always welcome.
  • Why the village concept and not a homeless shelter? We believe that the concept of a village will better serve our guests by adding more dignity to their lives. In the village setting, we will be able to tailor the program to the needs of each individual. The village will provide community, semi-independent living, and personal responsibility. All of these are necessary for transitioning back into functioning society and we believe the village will give a head start for the guests.
  • Why is it being built out in the country and not in the city? We want to build a private, peaceful, environment where our guests can focus on putting their lives back together. This quiet, country setting will provide that atmosphere. In addition, there are far less building codes in the county, giving us more freedom and cost effectiveness as we design the village.
  • How will you determine who can stay there? We are in the process of developing our programs now. That will be determined as we draw closer to an opening date.
  • How long can a guest stay? This will also be determined as we draw closer to opening, however, the idea is to tailor each guests length of stay to their individual needs.
  • Where do I send a donation? Donations should be made payable to Unsheltered International and mailed to P.O. Box 2625 Cullman, AL 35056

 

We are grateful to the following businesses for donating their time, effort, and services towards this project.

 

Kimbrough Drafting and Design – Addison, AL

 

James G. Swift & Associates – Augusta, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this project email Travis at info@unsheltered.org. If you would like to donate to this project click here.