The Other Side Village

The Other Side Village

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Here is the press conference announcing the village. Standing behind me are 7 current students of The Other Side Academy. They and their brothers and sisters have pledged the first $50,000 to build the village. These seven collectively spent 45 years living on the streets. With sacrifice and leadership like this, anything is possible...

Announcing, The Other Side Village... Help us create a new and lasting way of improving and changing lives...

The Other Side Village is for those coming out of chronic homelessness who now live in affordable and permanent housing in a high peer-accountability environment and with a supportive community.

04/29/2021

This is a conceptual design of a planned garden for the Village. We will have the expectation that every neighbor will need to contribute in some way to the village by volunteering to do community work around the village.

We will also have available employment opportunities for the neighbors, either with our own internal social enterprises or with outside employers. Some may only have the capacity to do one hour while others will have the capacity to do more and both will be ok.

This is a conceptual design of a planned garden for the Village. We will have the expectation that every neighbor will need to contribute in some way to the village by volunteering to do community work around the village.

We will also have available employment opportunities for the neighbors, either with our own internal social enterprises or with outside employers. Some may only have the capacity to do one hour while others will have the capacity to do more and both will be ok.

04/29/2021

This is another conceptual design of a neighborhood. This one only has 10 homes in the neighborhood whereas we are planning to have 20-25 homes within a neighborhood.

Neighbors will be expected to live by 3 main rules:

1. Pay rent.
2. Obey civil laws
3. Obey community rules

We are still working on calculating what rent should be. In Austin at Community First!, they charge between $250 - $400 per month while in Springfield, at Eden Village, they charge $300 per month.

It is critical that we make our village a safe place for our neighbors. We will tightly control access to the village with biometric scanners and check-in for guests and we will make sure civil law in kept with a neighbor-run neighborhood watch program. Since The Other SIde Academy moved into downtown Salt Lake, police records show that crime has dropped in that neighborhood. We expect the same to be true for the village.

Most of the rule infractions will be handled by peers, much like an homeowners association.

This is another conceptual design of a neighborhood. This one only has 10 homes in the neighborhood whereas we are planning to have 20-25 homes within a neighborhood.

Neighbors will be expected to live by 3 main rules:

1. Pay rent.
2. Obey civil laws
3. Obey community rules

We are still working on calculating what rent should be. In Austin at Community First!, they charge between $250 - $400 per month while in Springfield, at Eden Village, they charge $300 per month.

It is critical that we make our village a safe place for our neighbors. We will tightly control access to the village with biometric scanners and check-in for guests and we will make sure civil law in kept with a neighbor-run neighborhood watch program. Since The Other SIde Academy moved into downtown Salt Lake, police records show that crime has dropped in that neighborhood. We expect the same to be true for the village.

Most of the rule infractions will be handled by peers, much like an homeowners association.

04/29/2021

Part of our belief is that healing is found through connection. Connection with neighbors is important. Connection with volunteers is critical. And connection with the greater community is essential.

So, we are designing a village center or downtown area where we can have an interface between the public and the neighbors, where we can have a deli and coffee shop, a small grocery store, a hair salon and barbershop, an automotive repair shop, and other such services. These services and retail shops will be run by our social enterprises and the revenues will go to help the village be self-sufficient. It will most importantly provide employment opportunities for our neighbors who live in the village. Below is a concept of a potential village center or downtown area of the village.

Part of our belief is that healing is found through connection. Connection with neighbors is important. Connection with volunteers is critical. And connection with the greater community is essential.

So, we are designing a village center or downtown area where we can have an interface between the public and the neighbors, where we can have a deli and coffee shop, a small grocery store, a hair salon and barbershop, an automotive repair shop, and other such services. These services and retail shops will be run by our social enterprises and the revenues will go to help the village be self-sufficient. It will most importantly provide employment opportunities for our neighbors who live in the village. Below is a concept of a potential village center or downtown area of the village.

04/29/2021

We believe we shouldn't ask someone to live in a home we wouldn't want to live in ourselves.

This is an example of a tiny home we are envisioning. We visited this tiny home in Springfield, Missouri that was part of great organization called Eden Village.

Our plan is to have a home that has a bedroom, a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen with appliances, a place to sit and eat and watch TV, heat and AC, and a porch to sit and be sociable.

While we don't have final plans yet, we anticipate an average home will have 350-400 sf of living space.

We believe we shouldn't ask someone to live in a home we wouldn't want to live in ourselves.

This is an example of a tiny home we are envisioning. We visited this tiny home in Springfield, Missouri that was part of great organization called Eden Village.

Our plan is to have a home that has a bedroom, a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen with appliances, a place to sit and eat and watch TV, heat and AC, and a porch to sit and be sociable.

While we don't have final plans yet, we anticipate an average home will have 350-400 sf of living space.

04/29/2021

While the overall community will be large, we are intentionally breaking up the larger community into smaller neighborhoods of 20-25 homes in each neighborhood, so one of our residents can be part of a smaller community or participate in the larger community. Each neighborhood, as shown here, will have access to a neighborhood center where the neighbors (our term for our residents) can meet together to play games, watch a game or movie, or cook together if they want.

While the overall community will be large, we are intentionally breaking up the larger community into smaller neighborhoods of 20-25 homes in each neighborhood, so one of our residents can be part of a smaller community or participate in the larger community. Each neighborhood, as shown here, will have access to a neighborhood center where the neighbors (our term for our residents) can meet together to play games, watch a game or movie, or cook together if they want.

04/29/2021

The Other Side Village will be a self-reliant, peer-led village that provides a safe, dignified and uplifting life for the chronically unsheltered, and which brings them and the larger community into mutually ennobling relationships.

We still don't have a location secured, but we are focusing in the Salt Lake City area and working closely with Salt Lake City to find and secure the appropriate property.

This is a conceptual design of what we envision. The exact layout will change once we know the exact land configuration. But this layout has most of the major elements of our planned community.

The Other Side Village will be a self-reliant, peer-led village that provides a safe, dignified and uplifting life for the chronically unsheltered, and which brings them and the larger community into mutually ennobling relationships.

We still don't have a location secured, but we are focusing in the Salt Lake City area and working closely with Salt Lake City to find and secure the appropriate property.

This is a conceptual design of what we envision. The exact layout will change once we know the exact land configuration. But this layout has most of the major elements of our planned community.

04/29/2021

Major Announcement from The Other Side Academy!

The Other Side Academy announces the launch of The Other Side Village!

The Other Side Village will be a self-reliant community of up to 500 tiny homes for the chronically homeless currently living on the streets of Salt Lake City run on the same foundational principles that have brought such great success at The Other Side Academy.

For decades in Utah we’ve wrung our hands about how to help the growing number of homeless in our cities. We believe the same principles that have enabled students at The Other Side Academy to create a model community point the way to what must be done. While those experiencing chronic homelessness face different challenges than TOSA students, we contend that there are universal principles for creating healthy communities that give us a responsibility to step in.

Why? Because we understand what it is to be marginalized. We understand what it takes to become self-reliant. We have experience creating a peer community with strong values and shared accountability. And so, The Other Side Academy is partnering with the City of Salt Lake to create The Other Side Village – a self-reliant, peer-led village that provides a safe, dignified and uplifting life for the chronically unsheltered, and which brings them and the larger community into mutually ennobling relationships. Just like The Other Side Academy.

You’ll notice that residents live in what are called “Tiny Homes.” But be careful, the size of the homes is the least important part of this effort. Many communities are building tiny home neighborhoods that will likely become tiny slums in short order. The key is not the physical structures, but the social system. The primary ingredient for success, like at The Other Side Academy, is creating a strong culture that lifts and changes all who are part of it. This is what The Other Side Academy has learned to do. And we are committed to creating this same opportunity for our homeless brothers and sisters.

The most important part is to create an environment, socially and physically, that facilitates connection with others. Homelessness is the result of a catastrophic loss of family. So the solution must be to build a new family.

The second most important part is establishing a community with strong social norms. This is what brings out the best in all of us. These strong norms will invite all to strive to achieve their potential, allowing them the dignity of being part of the solution, not just a problem to be solved. Work and self-improvement are fundamental principles of happiness. As all are invited to contribute at the level of their ability, The Other Side Village will remain prosperous, safe and strong.

We invite you to join The Other Side Academy and the City of Salt Lake in this audacious mission. Let’s work together to create a real and lasting solution to homelessness. Let’s create a model for the world for how to address this societal shame. Let’s do it without long-term government reliance.

When we succeed, we won’t just have enriched the lives of many who suffer today, we will all be enriched together.

If you are interested in joining this movement, please email us at [email protected].

Major Announcement from The Other Side Academy!

The Other Side Academy announces the launch of The Other Side Village!

The Other Side Village will be a self-reliant community of up to 500 tiny homes for the chronically homeless currently living on the streets of Salt Lake City run on the same foundational principles that have brought such great success at The Other Side Academy.

For decades in Utah we’ve wrung our hands about how to help the growing number of homeless in our cities. We believe the same principles that have enabled students at The Other Side Academy to create a model community point the way to what must be done. While those experiencing chronic homelessness face different challenges than TOSA students, we contend that there are universal principles for creating healthy communities that give us a responsibility to step in.

Why? Because we understand what it is to be marginalized. We understand what it takes to become self-reliant. We have experience creating a peer community with strong values and shared accountability. And so, The Other Side Academy is partnering with the City of Salt Lake to create The Other Side Village – a self-reliant, peer-led village that provides a safe, dignified and uplifting life for the chronically unsheltered, and which brings them and the larger community into mutually ennobling relationships. Just like The Other Side Academy.

You’ll notice that residents live in what are called “Tiny Homes.” But be careful, the size of the homes is the least important part of this effort. Many communities are building tiny home neighborhoods that will likely become tiny slums in short order. The key is not the physical structures, but the social system. The primary ingredient for success, like at The Other Side Academy, is creating a strong culture that lifts and changes all who are part of it. This is what The Other Side Academy has learned to do. And we are committed to creating this same opportunity for our homeless brothers and sisters.

The most important part is to create an environment, socially and physically, that facilitates connection with others. Homelessness is the result of a catastrophic loss of family. So the solution must be to build a new family.

The second most important part is establishing a community with strong social norms. This is what brings out the best in all of us. These strong norms will invite all to strive to achieve their potential, allowing them the dignity of being part of the solution, not just a problem to be solved. Work and self-improvement are fundamental principles of happiness. As all are invited to contribute at the level of their ability, The Other Side Village will remain prosperous, safe and strong.

We invite you to join The Other Side Academy and the City of Salt Lake in this audacious mission. Let’s work together to create a real and lasting solution to homelessness. Let’s create a model for the world for how to address this societal shame. Let’s do it without long-term government reliance.

When we succeed, we won’t just have enriched the lives of many who suffer today, we will all be enriched together.

If you are interested in joining this movement, please email us at [email protected].

[03/22/21]   Welcome to the launch of The Other Side Village project.

We are looking to take the same foundational principles that have worked so well at The Other Side Academy and apply them to the issues of chronic homelessness.

We believe all people have the capacity to live productive and fulfilling lives and we look to help those coming out of homelessness to find purpose, meaning, and joy in their lives with affordable and permanent housing with a supportive community wrapped around them with using the foundational approach of the robust peer-accountability model found at The Other Side Academy.

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