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Tiny Home Goodness Village Opens; Provides Housing For Tri-Valley Homeless

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One of of 28 new tiny homes built for unhoused people in the Tri-Valley. The Goodness Village enclave is next to Crosswinds Church in Livermore.

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.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Very cool. Our church would be interested in something similar. Can you share the per unit cost and what type of infrastructure would need to be in place before work could begin? Nice work!

    • Thank you! HomeAid is working with FIRM Foundation and 5 other churches to replicate this model. The site development depends on what types of units – most of our tiny homes are on foundations. So, the home cost is about $40,000 and the infrastructure is approx. $60,000 per unit IF you connect to existing utilities from the church. We can help if you want to contact us. coconnor@homeaidnc.org or Pastor Jake Medcalf at jakedmedcalf@gmail.com.

    • Thank you! HomeAid Northern California is working with FIRM Foundation Community Housing to replicate this model on at least 5 more churches right now. The homes when on foundations are about $40,000 and the site improvements when connecting to existing church utilities is $60,000 per unit approx. If you want additional info, contact me at coconnor@homeaidnc.org or Pastor Jake Medcalf at jakedmedcalf@gmail.com.

  2. Churches do a lot to help the homeless, but a lot of homeless people just want to be left alone. They prefer to be outdoors. I’ve been told this by homeless men. I believe them. It’s the rest of us that want them housed, employed, etc.

  3. In LA which has taken a similar approach it costs them about 130,000 to build and equip a single unit. Current thinking is those costs can be reduced through simpler design and on site infrastructure. Even though tthere is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the issue I applaud people who take the initial steps and get things done.

  4. Thats nice! The good pastor acknowledges the private sector and he acknowledges the government and of course he gives credit to the 5013c tax exempt status that he controls through an elder board but chose not give glory to God. I mean if your thinking it ya might as well say it out load Good Pastor or ya might come across as a heretic to those who don’t know you.

    • There’s an application process, and it’s for the chronically homeless. I hope this goes well. Think positive. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

  5. Germany does a good job by providing short term shelter for unhoused people. You see these little sleep pods in parks and other open space and they are linked and monitored and kept clean. No one freezes. But I think Finland is doing a better job of it, renovating old apartment blocks and guaranteeing everyone a supervised space. It seems to be working.

  6. I believe that everyone should be able to get basic shelter but many of these people are running from the very programs and structure good hearted people are trying to give them so this can be a difficult thing. God Bless those who have no permanent home and those trying to help them.

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