We have not found a property to date (8/21/2022). We are working diligently with Mobile City Council members, Build Mobile (planning & zoning), and community groups. All three of the mentioned groups need to approve of our village. Our Engineering & Architecture Committee is heading up the search.
Sadly, no. We have at least 1,000 unsheltered citizens living outside. Most of them will not stay at a shelter. There are no beds for married couples. Most of the family shelters are at full capacity.
Our budget allows for providing one meal each day. We have the support of the Love All Food Pantry. We also plan to invite local civic and religious organizations to provide meals. There will be a shared indoor and outdoor kitchen in our village.
Local lumber yards have estimated the cost of materials for our micro house to be approximately $5,000.00. After the micro house is built, Driftwood Housing has to move the structure onto the property, secure the structure to a foundation, and add additional upgrades, like a front porch, HVAC, electric, and so on.
A lot depends on the size of the property. Driftwood Village must provide hygiene facilities, a shared kitchen, a laundry space, a mail room, and offices for on-site case workers. We would love to build an organic garden, park benches, a pet kennel, a warehouse, a bike rack, a memorial garden, and many other features.
Our Community Committee will be writing the policies and procedures for neighbors in our communities. Several local service providers have verbally offered to support our neighborhood.
We will provide both transitional and permanent housing.