Join us for a fun afternoon for food & fun! Saturday May, 2nd at the Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna.
We’d like to welcome you to The Habitation- Tiny House Village for the Unhoused!
This is our best resource to see what’s happening as we build the homeless on the Central Kenai Peninsula a self-built, self-sustaining village. Here you will find updates on meetings, needs, and how you can help with the Community.
Our meetings are every 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:30, at the Soldotna Creek Park new Pavilion area (weather permitting).
With moving into the Summer season we have many volunteer projects coming your way, so keep an eye out on our website under Calendar of Events at http://www.thehabitationak.com
***we are still looking for Board Members with experience in the nonprofit sector that have experience with grants, housing, and case managers/workers. Must be willing to give minimum of 5 hours of volunteer work a week and take on a committee or two.
****We are currently looking for a donated temporary dry place to do summer projects with pallets.
For more information contact Krista at 252.2081
Housing First is a viable option to end chronic homelessness. We see if working in places like Salt Lake City, UT and Santa Clara County, CA, Cutting the costs per person in half (homelessness costs cities through the services that get utilized like police, social services, hospital and emergency care, etc) and opening up new avenues for treatment for those who want it.
“Ironically, ending homelessness is actually cheaper than continuing to treat the problem. This would not only benefit the people who are homeless; it would be healing for the rest of us to live in a more compassionate and just nation,” Tsemberis says. “It’s not a matter of whether we know how to fix the problem. Homelessness is not a disease like cancer or Alzheimer’s where we don’t yet have a cure. We have the cure for homelessness—it’s housing. What we lack is political will.”
Read the entire article here.
A Tampa man, Oscar Aquino, gave a homeless man the shoes off his feet in a random act of kindness that’s getting wide-spread, and deserved praise online.
Oscar 29-years-old, said he walked out of his store on Wednesday to see a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. That poor man was eating crackers and sipping a soda.
Aquino noticed the man’s black and torn up feet, chatted with him for a moment and asked him his shoe size.
Aquino then took off his new Jordan athletic shoes and gave them to the man. He turned around and went back to work, like it was nothing.
That moment was captured by Carla Rose on her cellphone. She saw the two men speaking and, as she watched what unfolded between the two men, she snapped a picture.
Aquino had no idea what Rose had done until he got a phone call…
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It is so nice to meet so many others interested in the tiny house movement and building community. We have made wonderful progress on our home, and may even be able to move in by mid May up from my earlier estimate of June 1st!!!
We have learned a lot from my father Jon who has been the leader making it all happen. It is amazing to see how efficient days are when he is here, compared to my endless puttering to get something done…
For anyone interested in seeing our building plans and pictures in addition to those on this blog, feel free to explore our public google drive folder we are regularly adding to:
And here are a couple pictures of recent progress on our home:
In addition to the physical building of our tiny house, we are using this as an opportunity to connect with as…
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Besides the societal stigma homeless people face, many cities are passing more laws that apply to homeless people and/or charities that help them. Last fall saw the high-profile case in Florida where an elderly man was arrested for feeding homeless individuals in a public space. Should being in need make you a criminal?
Fact No. 9 reflects the seriousness of mental health and substance abuse. While it is not a fair stereotype, up to 1/4 of those who find themselves homeless suffer from mental illness and about half of those also have substance abuse issues. For some people, substance abuse is a form of self-medication. Some folks became homeless due to addiction or mental illness and some only begin using illicit substances and/or alcohol because of their homeless status. There are many sides to this Pandora’s box.
The Greater Seattle Cares program published this report in 2013 on 26 commonly held misconceptions about homelessness. These myths & facts apply across the nation, no matter what location.
Here’s an excerpt and fundamental philosophy shared by The Habitation:
“Ending a complex problem like homelessness requires a commitment from all members of our community–government officials, philanthropies, faith and civic groups, communities of color and their institutions and organizations, businesses including small business owners, housing and service providers, and concerned individuals…As a community we can–and we will–end homelessness.”
The state of being homeless is a multifaceted issue for many. A one-size-fits-all approach to eliminating homelessness does not work. We need multiple options available to meet the needs of the unhoused. With community involvement we can make a difference! Will you help us in our efforts to bring a Tiny House Village to the Kenai Peninsula? If you would like to find out how you can volunteer, please contact Krista Schooley at 907-252-2081 or e-mail at: email@example.com.