I have four presentations coming up in Northern California in mid-November that will cover content from the book as well experiences in starting Opportunity Village—with the intent of building momentum for getting similar projects started in other areas. I'm excited to give these presentations is such close proximity to each other to demonstrate that there is a regional demand for this type of shelter model, and that it is not a fringe idea that would put politicians out on a limb. Dates include:
November 9 — Chico, CA
November 10 — Nevada City, CA
November 11 — Martinez, CA
November 15 — Eureka, CA
To find out more information about one of these presentations, or to arrange one in your town, contact me here.
Below is a recent article about the Nevada City event:
"Nevada County has a housing crisis. Many people, not just our chronically homeless, are finding themselves without shelter. There are not enough affordable rentals. Individuals and families are having to share anything that is available. A single paycheck is no longer adequate to pay rent and then cover remaining living expenses and food. As a result more Nevada County residents are becoming homeless.
On Nov. 10, Sierra Roots, a 501c3, based in Nevada City, is hosting a presentation on the micro-house village model, Opportunity Village, which has already gained success in Eugene, Ore. Andrew Heben, author of “Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages,” will be the speaker for the evening. He will discuss the kind of collaboration that has emerged simply by making a space available for local community resources."
Read the full article here: http://www.theunion.com/opinion/columns/13396646-113/village-community-costs-nevada