A NONPROFIT organization has designed a small home village where people can live rent-free for up to two years.
The loft cottages are only available to the homeless population to help them get back on their feet.
Joppa, a non-profit organization aiming to help homeless people rebuild their lives, designed a village of loft cottages equipped with kitchenettes and bathrooms.
According to Joppa’s website, the homes would be solar powered and could be delivered in prefabricated sections that could be built by local businesses, churches and schools.
Joppa introduced three different designs for the cottages, including one that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act’s accessible design standards.
Ideally, the village is within a mile of a grocery store or supermarket and a bus stop.
Residents are allowed to stay in the cottages for six to 24 months.
According to Joppa, this is much longer than is allowed in a homeless shelter, where people can only stay 30 to 90 days.
The longer stay in the huts is intended to give homeless people time to find employment and permanent accommodation.
In the villages of Joppa, 50 homeless people are to be accommodated, whether they live on the street, under bridges, in a tent or in a car.
Residents are required to follow a code of conduct and a resident manager is on site 24 hours a day.
The residents of the huts also help with the upkeep of the village.
There will also be micro-enterprise opportunities in the villages of Joppa, such as a community garden, bee farm and chickens.
Ideally there would also be potential jobs and services close to the village.
The Iowa-based nonprofit is working with city and county officials to create one of those villages in Polk County, located about 9 miles northeast of Des Moines.
To learn more about affordable small community communities, the US Sun ran a report on a Utah neighborhood trying to serve as a community for people emerging from chronic homelessness.