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Frequently Asked Questions about the Tiny Home Village

Tiny Homes Village Brochure (Feb. 2021)

New Mexico’s first tiny home transitional housing project is funded by Bernalillo County and managed by the Albuquerque Indian Center. Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O'Malley spear-headed the project in collaboration with City of Albuquerque Councilors Diane Gibson and Pat Davis and the Albuquerque Indian Center.

Located at 101 Texas St. SE, the Tiny Home Village opened to residents in February 2021 and is comprised of:

  • 30 stand-alone 120 sq. ft. furnished, heated, and cooled living units with individual porches of which five are wheelchair accessible
  • Eight single-occupancy, well-lit and visible, lockable bathrooms
  • Communal village house with high quality grade kitchen, dining and recreational spaces, full laundry facilities, library, computer pod, office for private meetings, and private individual lockers
  • Fully fenced and gated site landscaped with trees, gardens, and open-air living areas

Core Values

  • We believe that all people in our community -- no matter their financial circumstances -- are deserving of opportunities to improve their lives for the better
  • We value community development, self-governance, and long-term sustainability

Project Goal

  • To provide accompaniment and resources to people who are currently unhoused within a communal and supportive environment so that they can sustainably self-actualize.
  • We embrace the proven value of placing community first and commit to ongoing accompaniment of our villagers, beyond their stay at the village. Our chosen approach is strengths-based, solution-focused, and trauma-informed. This means we will work with each villager according to their individual needs utilizing a client-centered approach. In addition to providing our villagers stability and dignity through safe and high-quality supportive housing, our emphasis is on substantive long-term growth and progress. Part of that process is facilitating practice in being a good and productive neighbor—within the village and in the broader community. Residency in the village is future-oriented and designed to provide villagers with necessary tools to successfully sustain themselves, including after they have found alternative accommodations outside the village.

Tiny Home Village Applicant Requirements

  • Be currently unhoused
  • Be 18 years and over (singles and couples welcome)
  • Be sober/clean for a minimum of 10 days
  • Be willing and able to participate in community building through general village participation
  • Be willing and able to participate in the maintenance and running of the village
  • Agree to pay the $30 utility contribution by the 1st of each month
  • Agree to work with the THV support team members on personal growth and self-care
  • Agree to take advantage of assistance benefits
  • Agree to abide by the village community agreement

Residency Limitations

  • No registered sex offenders or people who have been found guilty of a sex offense charge
  • No illegal substance nor alcohol use permitted on-site
  • No guns or lethal weapons allowed
  • Village occupancy capped at 40 with a maximum of 10 couples
  • No minors or overnight guests; guest security rules apply

For questions or more information about village residency, please contact the Village Resource Manager Ilse Biel at 505-507-4940 or via ilsebiel@icloud.com.


How to Donate to the Tiny Home Village Project

Financial donations are being accepted to support the basic needs of the village and its residents. Your online monetary donation will help to welcome home and establish a village resident from the moment they arrive in the village.

Donations of all amounts are welcome and will be applied and/or combined for maximum benefit for the village residents, as needed.

Bernalillo County has contracted with the Albuquerque Indian Center to manage the Tiny Home Village and to provide resources to the unhoused community. Please visit the Albuquerque Indian Center at https://abqindiancenter.org/ to make your one-time or subscription tax-deductible donation.


Timeline of Project Actions

February 2021 | Village Celebrates Grand Opening

The first five residents, or core members of the village, were moved-in by the end of February, the first 10 residents will be moved in by the end of April and full occupancy is expected by July.

“A key in your pocket and a solid roof over your head offers the peace of mind and stability needed to move forward in life,” adds County Commissioner O’Malley.

While living in the village, residents will be offered social services along with assistance finding employment for financial independence and permanent housing.

January 2021 | Construction in Final Stages

Certificate of Occupancy is expected to be issued by early February. Soon after, an initial group of residents will be moving in to establish the village and prepare for the first round of residents.

August 2020 | Tiny Homes Construction Progress

Anticipated completion of construction is December 2020.

May 2020 | Building of ‘Tiny Homes’ Underway

The building of the 30 ‘tiny homes’ for the Tiny Home Village began on Saturday, May 30. Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1319 are volunteering their time and expertise to construct the units. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls and roof were custom-produced for the tiny homes. The SIPs are more energy-efficient than traditional construction and have a long-term durability.

The estimated cost savings to the project because of the carpenters’ volunteer work is about $125,000.

Construction for the Tiny Home Village project is expected to be completed by November 2020. All of the structures will be built to last a minimum of 15 years with a life expectancy of 30-plus years.

The Tiny Home Village total project cost is $4.34 million. The Tiny Home Village will consist of 30 individual 120 sq. ft. homes and a centrally located common building that includes the kitchen, dining, living area and bathrooms. Each tiny home will have a bed, desk and storage space as well as electricity. The benefit of the shared common areas is that it helps to foster socialization and reconnection to others.

April 2020 | Construction on Schedule

The project is on schedule for a timely completion at the end of this October.

General construction activities happening now are the piping of underground utilities, foundations being poured, and the construction of building’s stem walls. For the Village House, the main communal building, and satellite restrooms construction activities include plumbing and electric rough-ins, the foundation being poured, framing getting started, on-going interior plumbing and electric.

Discussions are beginning for the public art installation that will be part of the project site.

 

Tiny Home Village Construction

January 2020 | Construction Begins

Notice to proceed effective Jan. 21, 2020. The construction contractor is Epic Mountain Construction.

 

September 2019 | Requests for Construction Bids Announced

Bernalillo County is soliciting bids from general contractors for construction services for the Tiny Home Village and the Albuquerque Indian Center Project.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Albuquerque Indian Center, 105 Texas St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Attendance at the pre-bid meeting is a prerequisite for submission of a bid.

Sealed bids must be addressed to the attention of the Purchasing Section, Bernalillo County, Public Works Division, 2400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Building N, Front Desk, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 and received no later than 2 p.m. (local time) Oct. 22, 2019, at which time a public opening and reading of bids received will begin.

For more information about submitting a bid, please visit http://www.bernco.gov/general-services/request-for-bids.aspx.

July 2019 | Finalizing Site Design and Developing Construction Documents

June 2019 | Lease and Operating Agreements Approved

On June 25, 2019, the County Commissioners approved the lease and operating agreements with the Albuquerque Indian Center for the Tiny Home Village. The agreement approvals bring the transitional housing project one-step closer to fruition, the first of its kind in Bernalillo County.

“People experiencing homelessness is a growing problem in Bernalillo County and the Tiny Home Village will provide a safe and secure housing opportunity for those individuals in need,” says Commission Vice Chair Debbie O’Malley. “This project will also help to stabilize and positively impact the neighborhood in which it resides. I would like to thank the surrounding residents and churches, and the advocates and elected representatives who whole-heartedly supported this project and helped to make it possible.”

The lease with the Albuquerque Indian Center is for a total of $ 811,361 for a period of 30 years effective Oct. 1, 2019, with an option for extension for an additional 30 years.

The operating agreement is for five years for a total of $1.1 million. The operating agreement will allow for the day-to-day operations of the Tiny Home Village. The Albuquerque Indian Center has a 19-year history of providing services to those experiencing poverty and homelessness including meals, counseling, drug and alcohol rehab, and job readiness.

Renderings of the Tiny Home Village Site

April 2019 | Zone Map Amendment Approved

The zone map amendment was approved by the Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission on April 11, 2019. The Tiny Home Village site design is currently in progress and will be finalized soon.

October-November 2018 | Site Location Selected

Albuquerque Indian Center, 105 Texas St. SE, has been selected as the site for the Tiny Home Village.

After seeing all of the news coverage about the Tiny Home Village and the attention given to it by the community at the public meetings, the Albuquerque Indian Center came forward and approached Bernalillo County with a solution. The Albuquerque Indian Center offered the one-acre vacant land behind their center as a possible location for the Tiny Home Village.

August 2018 | Community Meetings and Potential Sites Announced for Tiny Home Village

On Aug. 2, 2018, Bernalillo County, in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque and community advocates, announced six potential sites to build a tiny home village and now it is time for the community to help make the final decision.

“A couple of years ago, the community came to us and asked for help to address the homelessness that is all around our city,” states Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. “Today, we are responding to the public’s plea for help by proposing a tiny home village, a transitional housing option that will be one more resource in the community to help end homelessness.”

More than 30 sites have been suggested to Bernalillo County for the first tiny home village in the Albuquerque community. Carefully developed criteria helped narrow down the list to the following:

  • 8207 Central Ave. NW (Central & Unser)
  • 202-230 Louisiana Blvd. NE (Louisiana & Domingo)
  • 7600 Southern Ave. SE (Southern & Española)
  • 540 Paisano St. NE (Juan Tabo & Paisano)
  • 12900 Central Ave. SE (Central & Western Skies)
  • 12910 Central Ave. SE (Central & Western Skies)

No final decision has been made on a site, and consideration may be given to other sites if they are put forward.

 

“A collaborative effort including the community, the Veterans Integration Center, and a number of other organizations that provide services and resources to homeless individuals will make this project a reality,” states Commissioner James E. Smith. “We strongly encourage the community to attend one of the public meetings that will begin next week to learn more about this much-needed project.”

Members of the public are invited to attend one of three scheduled public meetings beginning next week to learn more about the tiny home village project and the proposed locations.

Community meetings dates, times and locations:

  • Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m., Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE
  • Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Dr. NE (Fairgrounds)
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central Ave. NW

A website, www.tinyhomes4bc.com, will be launched on Aug. 8 that will have information and the ability to accept public comment on each of the proposed sites.

“In contrast to other housing projects that serve individuals who have acute needs, the proposed tiny home village would provide housing for those who are ready for more independent living and who are more inclined to take on skills-building and employment opportunities,” says Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson.

The concept for the Tiny Home Village is as follows:

  • The village will be gated, completely self-contained and actively managed with oversight from Bernalillo County.
  • The village will consist of small homes constructed on chassis for cost-efficiency and portability.
  • Each home will have heating and cooling, electricity, a bed, storage, a desk and a chair.
  • Communal buildings will include restrooms, a kitchen, a laundry and meeting/training spaces.
  • The village will be designed for single adults or couples and veterans, with most residents expected to live there for approximately two years.
  • Residents will be carefully screened, and required to follow strict rules as well as contribute to the community monetarily and through assigned duties.
  • The village will provide life and work skills, support for employment and possibly a microenterprise.

After taking public comment into consideration, cost and other factors, a site will be selected. BernCo will work with nearby neighborhoods to develop a site plan and construction timetable.


November 2017 | Andrew Heben Visits BernCo


Jan. - April 2017 | Community Meetings

April 3


Tiny Home Village Meeting 2February 2


Tiny Home Village Community Meeting Jan. 19January 19

 

 

 


Nov. 2016 | Tiny Home Village Announcement News Conference


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