Where housing instability is addressed by empowering and elevating individuals who experience homelessness as designers, problem-solvers, and decision-makers.
What are the core elements of Envision?
Sharing core values to build a supportive community
Tiny Houses & Shared Spaces
Affordable, sustainable, and scalable.
Designed By Residents
Created by individuals experiencing housing instability
Helping residents live cooperatively
Who will live there?
We house a diverse community from across the housing stability spectrum to foster learning, dignity, and stability. We know that this lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Envision Community is for people who are interested in living small and living in the community.
Envision Community is a proposal to build and operate a 2-year live demonstration of an intentional community made up of 15-30 people living in micro-homes, with the goal of creating health equity. Our proposal also includes the rigorous study of Envision using Community Based Participatory Research and continuous improvement of Envision through frequent iteration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional affordable housing projects start with the building design and work backwards to raise the money. We flipped that model by starting with the dollars that are sustainably available and then designed at that price point.
We apply a human-centered design process at every step to ensure the housing and community are co-created with the people who will be most impacted by Envision.
We do not have a site identified. Local political and community support is essential to achieving this vision. We are working with community leaders to identify places where we could run a live demonstration of Envision.
We know that this lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Envision Community is for people who are interested in living small and value living in community. We house a diverse community from across the housing stability spectrum to foster learning, dignity, and stability. The resident breakdown will be:
- 20% chronically homeless highest utilizers of health care
- 20% people who have never experienced homelessness and choose to live in community
- 60% people experiencing homelessness (may not be high health care utilizers)
We are seeking partners with insight into the political, community, and financial opportunities for Envision to join us in designing and implementing a two year.