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April Change for Change: Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E.

April's Change for Change supported Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. When you rounded up your purchase during April, your change went toward building affordable housing in the Northside neighborhood as part of a program to provide equitable solutions to individuals deterred in life by imprisonment, homelessness, and addiction, and address the shortage of shelter and transitional housing in Kalamazoo. A pilot project of six Tiny Houses and a Leasing & Training Building (carpentry, cutting, and catering) will be built in 2019 on the corner of North St. and Westnedge Avenue. 
By rounding your bill to the nearest dollar, you raised $1,576 for Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E.

Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. is a Project of Helping Other People Exceed (H.O.P.E.) thru Navigation, directed by CEO Gwendolyn Hooker. The Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. will be attractive, inexpensive and energy efficient and will come with support services and job training. The Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. project aligns with the global ends of PFC “to create access for all to food that is healthy for people, land, and the economy.” The Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E are also about access--to safe, decent, and affordable housing for people who are very often denied housing. The Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. are also about health—healthy people, healthy food and healthy use of the land.  The Training Building will include a commercial kitchen for training in catering, as well as training space for carpentry and tailoring. The site is a vacant lot that had a building on it previously. This project concentrates heavily on, not just providing affordable housing to a population that is historically marginalized, but also on addressing issues that perpetuate chronic homelessness by providing on-site, wrap-around services to the residents. 

The mission of Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. is: We Believe by Providing Affordable Housing, Promoting Recovery, Fostering Employability, and Inspiring Entrepreneurship with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we can Measurably Improve the Quality of Living for a Marginalized Population and Thereby Promote Shared Prosperity and Self-Sufficiency.

Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. launched a capital campaign in January to raise $350,000 for the project. One way to help is to host a "Mingle 4 Shingles" event. "Mingle 4 Shingles" are gatherings of potential donors, funders, stakeholders, and volunteers. The host invites people in their network of friends, co-workers, family members, neighbors who they think may be interested in hearing about the Tiny Houses of HOPE Pilot (THoHP) Project and will contribute in some way. Contact the Office of HOPE at for additional details and to sign up to host a "Mingle 4 Shingles" event.

To stay updated with Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. and H.O.P.E. thru Navigation, follow them on Facebook here. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. project, please download their FAQ sheet here.


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