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Tiny House Empowerment Village Grand Opening!


A 2019 study on homelessness in Alameda County found that unhoused young people have a harder time accessing services including shelter, medical care and employment due to stigma and a lack of knowledge about available resources.
Of the 8,022 people experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, 1 in 10, are transition-age youth, 18-24 years old, according to the 2019 point-in-time count. That number has dramatically increased in 2020 due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city of Oakland has pioneered tiny houses as a solution to homelessness in the past, with two other sites that use Tuff Sheds as transitional homes, we’ve been working on with ICAC. These tiny home communities prioritize those who have been living at nearby encampments for the longest period of time and therefore do not often house young people.
The Tiny House Empowerment Village (on Hegenberger Road just south of the Oakland Coliseum) will operate as a transitional housing center for young people ages 18-25 in 26 tiny houses.
Youth Spirit Artworks, a Berkeley-based nonprofit arts and job training program for low-income youth, spearheaded the tiny house project since planning began in 2017. Artists, activists and over 2,000 volunteers from the community and faith-based organizations built the village over two years.
SCC church council voted to donate $10K to support construction of the communal kitchen as part of the Tiny House Empowerment Village.
Exciting news! 📣 The grand opening for our Tiny House Empowerment Village is scheduled for April 2nd, from 11:00am to 12:00pm, taking place in-person at the village and on Zoom. There will be food, drinks, music, and youth art for sale ‼️ Come celebrate the conclusion of this 6-year long project with us!