The Other Side Village is a self-reliant, master-planned neighborhood that provides affordable, permanent, high-quality housing, access to services, and a robust, supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.
Our gratitude to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall goes well beyond words. It was her leadership, grit, and determination that brought this project to fruition. And her personal kindness towards, and genuine interest in, our budding community and our Neighbors is both touching and remarkable.
Which would you choose? Vote on our stories!
Photos from The Other Side Village's post
Come hangout with us this Saturday at the Outdoor Market. We will be selling our succulent arrangements and london bars and would love to visit with you!
Dear West Side Neighbors,
The Other Side Village project is designed to be a positive part of the community you’ve worked to create. The Village model and its success rely heavily on input, feedback, and participation from the people living In and around it. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you. We are dedicated to creating a better community for each and every one of us.
Correcting the record from some common misconceptions about the Village:
1. Access to robust, high quality mental health care and social work is at the heart of our model. In fact, the Village already has partnerships with major mental health care and social service providers like Valley Behavioral Health, Fourth Street Clinic, and Intermountain Health Care. One of the foundational goals of the Village is to create ease of access to these essential services.
2. Our organization believes in the importance of employing people with lived experience, which is why our staff includes people who've been unsheltered at many levels of the problem -- as children, as service-connected veterans, with ongoing substance abuse, etc. We also understand our
limitations when it comes to the most severe
mental health challenges, which is why we have
built partnerships with experts and providers in
those areas into the heart of our model.
3. Our success depends on a healthy, reciprocal partnership with our neighboring communities. Not only can we not expand if we fail to improve the community — our social and financial models are based on us being a desirable destination for our prospective neighbors, customers, and friends. That’s why we’ve invested so heavily and for so long into outreach and partnerships. Because if we don’t appeal to our neighbors we might as well not build the Village.
What questions do you have for us? Feel free to reach out via messaging
Thank you to all who sent in public comments, interacted with us on social media, and showed up to the City Council building on Tuesday. You are our community and team and your support is the basis of this organization.
City council is keeping the public comment period open for the next week so it is vital that we continue the inflow of positive comments. This is especially true for West Siders, whose voices have an outsized impact as we are joining their community.
Please follow the link in our profile to submit your comment.
FAQ: Who will be the residents of the neighborhood?
Salt Lake City is our community. It is in our best interest to improve the community for not only the residents of the Village, but for everyone. Luckily, these things actually go hand in hand. The benefits and amenities we bring to our community like our bodega, our green spaces, and our social enterprises will be open to everyone on the West Side and every Salt Laker. It's essential to our model that they are too, so we can bring our community and the surrounding area into mutually enabling relationships.
The Other Side Village is built on our 9 Beliefs -- the values our community lives by. Universal worth, mutuality, family, each one, teach one, 200% accountability, self reliance, individual capacity, faith friendly, and of course, love. These beliefs are the very core of everything we do and teach. Both staff and clients who are involved with the Village have dedicated their hearts to these pillars and are consistently implementing them into their daily lives.
The coolest part? It works. In our years working with serious drug addiction, recidivism, and homelessness at the Academy, we have never had a drug test or an act of violence in our space, despite have a hundred people with troubled pasts living and working together.
The people we work with are agents of change, diligence, and willingness. We are honored to serve them.
Please help us make the Village a reality!
Taking three minutes to submit a comment will help our community change lives for a generation.
The time has finally come- our City Council vote is scheduled for October 4th and we need your help to win.
Online Public Commenting is open now and every comment helps. Contribute your voice by submitting a comment outlining your experiences and support for The Other Side Village on the official platform. We need to show that our community is behind The Village.
Click here to submit a comment to the City Council: https://slc-gov.force.com/slccrm/s/Request?rt=a0Ff400000G7tllEAB
Why are we a Village and not a tiny home project?
It is not about tiny homes. You’ll notice that residents live in small homes, yes, but the size of the homes are the least important part of this effort. The key is not the physical structures, but the social system. The primary ingredient for success is creating a strong culture that lifts and changes all who are part of it.
We aren’t just an organization with great ideas, but also great action.
Do you have more questions about what we do? Feel free to message us or check out our FAQ page linked on our profile.
We held a Press Conference last Monday to announce and celebrate the showcasing of our first finished cottage. This is the first of hundreds of homes to Salt Lake City’s chronically homeless.
Have questions? Feel free to comment or message us to learn more!
We explain what these cottages mean to us and upcoming events in our newsletter this week. If you haven’t yet, sign up to receive emails by visiting our site linked in our profile.
Check out our succulent arrangements sold at the Farmers Market in SLC held at Liberty Park on Thursdays.
Succulent arrangements are just one branch of our social enterprises that help to fund our program. These social enterprises are an effective way to teach lifelong skills while our neighbors are creating a foundation to help others that have been in the same circumstances with chronic homelessness.
Learn more about our social enterprises by visiting our website linked in our profile.
At The Other Side Village, our focus is utilizing support systems. These support systems are what set us apart and ultimately, set us up for success.
Learn more by visiting our website using the link in our profile.
We could not be more grateful for the mayor's ongoing support for the Village over the last year and a half -- we would not be here without her political courage and leadership.
Thank you Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall!
Salt Lake City unveils first tiny home of its proposed village — see what you think Salt Lake City shows off the first of what would be 60 tiny homes for a new west-side village.
Photos from HANDY & HOMES Inc's post
TODAY, Tuesday, Aug 16, at 8 am PDT, we continue our new webinar series "Housing is a Human Right" with special guests Tim Stay from The Other Side Village in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Join us for an in-depth look at their project, how they began, key partners, process, etc. Get inspired to start a similar project in your community as you learn the process it took them to create what they have now, addressing the homelessness and housing crises in their community.
Register here: https://charterforcompassion.org/housing-is-a-human-right
Dear friends and supporters,
Find us at the Downtown SLC Farmers Market at Pioneer Park until 1 today 🤍
We are in booth 4 along the west side with the other nonprofit vendors.
We would love to see you and show off the cool succulent arrangements we’ve made.
Did you know that you can sponsor the construction of any part of the Village? 🏘️
Your sponsorship will directly provide a strong community for someone leaving chronic homelessness. ❤️
Donations start at $10,000 to furnish a residence and go up to $4.5 million for a community building - with price points everywhere in between.
Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about our sponsorship plans!
Community is what we do best here at the Village. ✨
We've been busy developing relationships and ensuring that the design and amenities of the Village serve the needs of the community that will surround it.
Learn more about the different ways we've been interacting with the SLC community and how this will benefit the Village here: 👇
Forging Partnerships through Community Outreach – The Other Side Village Forging Partnerships through Community Outreach1 CommentPartnerships, The Other Side Village The dream of The Other Side Village is to create a thriving, fully functional community. But as they say, no person is an island, and we think the same can be said of a community. The Village’s success wil...
Meet sunshine in human form, Camille! 🌞
Camille is our Director of Community Outreach, and we couldn't be happier to have her as part of the Village's team.
Camille is truly passionate about creating impactful solutions to address homelessness in the community - and with years of experience in several programs serving homeless individuals and the surrounding business community, we'd be lost without her! 🙌
Thanks, Camille, for being part of our team. We're so happy to have you and your expertise!
We deeply care about our Corporate Partners! ❤️
Thanks to our valuable sponsors, we're able to support Utahns experiencing chronic homelessness by providing them with a loving, supportive community.
Want to commit to bringing light, refuge, and safety to the unsheltered?
To show our gratitude, we'll help you share the story of your relationship with the Village - this can include photos, press releases, annual reports, and company newsletters.
Contact us at [email protected] to get started! 🙌
Meet Dave and Tori! ✨
Dave is the Executive Director of The Other Side Academy and board member for the Village, and Tori is one of the wonderful team members over at the Academy!
Before becoming part of the Academy, Tori experienced homelessness. In this video, Tori shares her personal story on how she went from childhood homelessness to living an empowered, connected life.
Tori is an example of what people can achieve when given the right tools and are empowered to change their lives. This is the kind of transformation that the Village will make possible for hundreds of our unsheltered neighbors. ❤️
Did you know that the biggest contributor to safety and security at the Village will be our culture of peer accountability? 🙌
It's a fact that when neighbors look out for each other and hold each other accountable, they provide a level of safety and security to their neighborhood - one that goes well beyond walls and cameras! 😉
Thinking about becoming a Corporate Partner of the Village?
Our Development Director, Cathy Holt, walks us through all the benefits that a Corporate Partnership with the Village can bring in the video below!
Cathy also goes into more detail on why being a Corporate Partner is an excellent opportunity for businesses all across the state!
Check it out here. 👇
Community is at the heart of everything we do here at the Village! ❤️
Meet Joseph Grenny - the Chairman of the Board of the Village! ❤️
Joseph and his wife, Celia, are co-founders of our sister organization, the Academy.
The Academy’s mission?
To create an opportunity for those with a lifetime of addiction, criminal behavior, and homelessness to build new lives for themselves. The Academy is setting the standard for both transparency and efficacy in the troubled rehab industry. 🙌
For Joseph, the Village is a calling, not just a program. The Village is based on similar principles to the Academy but supports those Utahns experiencing chronic homelessness.
Thanks, Joseph, for being the Chairman of the Board. We're certain that together we can make a huge difference!
Employee engagement is KEY to running a successful company! 🙌
And what better way to lift your employees' spirits than by becoming a Corporate Partner of the Village. 😉
Your employees can be part of the experience by participating in a Group Volunteer Day or an Employee Matching Program!
Check out our website for more information on our sponsorship opportunities: https://theothersidevillage.com/corporate-engagement/
Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there. May you have the BEST day! 💙
Missed our first Village Voices webinar featuring Joseph Grenny, Chairman of the Board of the Village? Catch the replay in the video below. 👇
We discuss Therapeutic Communities - the technical term for the operating philosophy behind the Academy and the Village. 😉
Last summer, we had the honor of visiting Community First Village in Austin, Texas - a master-planned neighborhood that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. ✨
We made the trip with Tyler Clancy, Executive Director of the Pioneer Park Coalition, who wrote the article linked below about this rewarding visit 👇:
Guest opinion: It takes a village - Utah Policy Driving through the homeless encampments of Austin, Texas, Alan Graham was frustrated. With a growing homeless population of nearly 2,200 living on the streets in desperation, he couldn’t stand to hear politicians keep talking about the problem without offering any real solutions. Luckily for Aust...
Did you know that you can join the Village's Leadership Team? ✨
With an invested financial contribution, you'll enter the official Leadership Circle. 🙌
You'll be able to make your voice heard, providing input on the community, and receiving monthly updates on Village news and growth!
Contact us at [email protected] to discuss how to become a Leadership Member! 🙌
The Village's mission? 👇
To create an environment that facilitates connection with others. And to establish a community with strong social norms. ❤️
These robust standards will empower all of our resident to strive to achieve their full potential, allowing them the dignity of being part of the solution, not just a problem to be solved. 🙌
Learn more about the Village's work for Utahns experiencing chronic homelessness here ⬇️:
The Other Side Village The Other Side Village is a master-planned neighborhood that provides affordable, permanent quality housing for people coming out of chronic homelessness.
We will be going live with Sam Grenny to talk about The Other Side Village's first social enterprise! Their venture will be baking cookies for events, catering, etc. The efforts of the neighbors in the Village program will pave the way and the future for so many more of our city's chronically homeless while building their own lives and livelihood.
It takes a Village to craft a community! ❤️
That's why we are SO grateful for our wonderful team, sponsors, and volunteers. Thanks to YOU, we're making a real difference for Utahns experiencing chronic homelessness!
Thank you for being a part of our journey to build a master-planned neighborhood that provides affordable, permanent quality housing for people coming out of chronic homelessness.
UPDATE - Volunteering at the Village 👇
Lately, we've received many inquiries about volunteer opportunities at the Village.
As we get closer to breaking ground and building the Village, we'll soon be offering Group Volunteer Days that help encourage team building while working together in the spirit of helping others. 🙌
Want more details? Contact us at [email protected], and let's chat about how you can support our mission.
Introducing Tiffany - Program Staff at our sister organization, The Other Side Academy. 😊
Tiffany experienced homelessness for 18 years of her life. She knows what it feels like to be alone, be an outcast, and never feel at peace.
When Tiffany found out about the Academy, she signed up right away and never looked back. Their programming completely changed Tiffany's life - she became a better mom, a better daughter, and a better friend.
Now, as a staff member at the Academy, she wants to help others and be an example for them. But mostly, she wants to welcome other people experiencing homelessness to a safe community, one where they can feel they belong. And that is exactly what the Village is all about.
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