The Goodness Village of Livermore opened Friday with a gathering of supporters and will provide 28 “tiny homes” for people struggling with homelessness in the Tri-Valley area.
CrossWinds Church, alongside the City of Livermore, envisioned an affordable and sustainable community village organized through Goodness Village, a 501(c)3 public charity California corporation for unhoused local people who consider the Tri-Valley their home.
The “tiny home” enclave offers affordable, permanent and supportive housing for previously unhoused neighbors. It includes an onsite vocational program, mental health support, substance use service and case management. The homes, the result of a unique collaboration of builders, are equipped with everything residents will need including a kitchen, bathroom and bed.
CrossWinds Church provided the land for the community while HomeAid Northern California and Builder Captain Trumark Homes completed the infrastructure and site development. Partnering with Trumark Homes, HomeAid supporters including Teichert Construction provided more than $400,000 of in-kind donations to the project. FIRM Foundation Community Housing stepped in as project managers, bringing their experience with the successful tiny homes village at First Presbyterian Church of Hayward to help with Goodness Village. Other project supporters included Wood Rodgers, Gates + Associates landscape architecture and planning, KTGY architects, Tennyson Electric, Coastal Lumber and McCall Landscaping.
Supporters of the tiny village concept point to recent studies showing that 57 percent of people experiencing homelessness in the Tri Valley were Alameda County residents for 10 years or longer while 83 percent had lived in the county for a year before losing their housing.
Among those on hand for Friday’s opening dedication was then-Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who led the effort for Goodness Village with county funding and support prior to his retirement. Haggerty, supporters said, pushed hard for county social services to serve Livermore residents. The City of Livermore, they added, stepped up to help make sure Goodness Village opened as quickly as possible with a streamlined approval process.
“Goodness Village is truly a labor of love showcasing how the private sector, local government and non-profit organizations can partner together to meet the immediate needs of our local community in a big way,” Pastor Chris Coli said.