Design is currently in process to develop a total of 19 housing units – 15 for healthy seniors interested in an outwardly focused retirement and the security of a caring community along with 4 affordable housing units for young families desiring mentoring and support. This phase of development includes community spaces that will include a large, multi-purpose room capable of seating 100 people at tables, a stage, kitchenette, two guest rooms, accessible bathrooms, a small library/reading space, a daycare room, a small private room for counseling and education, and office space. Community fundraising will take place to continue design work.
During the design process, Hope & a Future will work with neighbors and governing bodies to create the final product. Once completed, housing will be marketed, fundraising and volunteer support will be sought out to develop the community spaces. Interested older adults and young families will have opportunity to learn about this intentional community and housing units are filled. Programming will begin in developed community spaces. Expanded program services will include educational opportunities, supportive services including intergenerational daycare, and fun community activities.
Possible Phase 4
Hope & a Future’s programs will develop around the interests, talents, and abilities of the people that make up the community.
Out of these interests and abilities, ideas for community businesses may be generated and implemented.
The possibility of Habitat Housing for successful young families wishing to remain in the neighborhood as they take on leadership roles has also been discussed.
Hope & a Future is hoping to create a model that can be implemented in other locations.