Salt Lake City is building a tiny home village with shops and Airbnbs to address the homelessness crisis- see inside

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A rendering of the tiny home village's neighborhood. Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake City will be partnering with a nonprofit to create the Other Side Village to house the city's unhoused residents.

  • The village's neighborhoods will be filled with tiny homes, a popular shelter alternative being explored by several cities.

  • The city plans to have the "pilot" village in operation by this winter.

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Salt Lake City will be building a tiny home village to test the "tiny home model" that's now being used in other cities as an alternative to congregate shelters.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village. Salt Lake City

Several cities across the US have begun creating tiny home villages to address the growing homelessness crisis.

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The Chandler Street Tiny Home Village. Brittany Chang/Insider

This includes Los Angeles, which recently opened two villages this year in North Hollywood with plans to open two more by the end of 2021.

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A peek inside one of the tiny homes. Brittany Chang/Insider

Salt Lake City will be partnering with the Other Side Academy - a nonprofit dedicated to helping and housing people who were formerly incarcerated, unhoused, or substance users - to create the Other Side Village.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village's neighborhood. Salt Lake City

Source: The Other Side Academy

The village will have between 400 to 500 homes with kitchens and bathrooms. The homes will then about 400 square-feet, ABC 4 reported, much bigger than Los Angeles' 64-square-foot units.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village's neighborhood. Salt Lake City

Source: ABC 4,Insider

The tiny homes will be sectioned off into different neighborhoods that will all surround the "village center."

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village. Salt Lake City

However, the village will be more than just clusters of little homes.

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A rendering of the tiny home village's garden. Salt Lake City

It'll also have other amenities to create a more social environment.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village's shops. Salt Lake City

It's important to have a "social system" and community built around the tiny homes, Joseph Grenny, chair and founder of The Other Side Academy, said in the press release.

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A rendering of the tiny home village. Salt Lake City

"The most important part is to create an environment, socially and physically, that facilitates connection with others," Greeny said. "Homelessness is the result of a catastrophic loss of family, so the solution must be to build a new family."

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A rendering of the tiny home village's garden. Salt Lake City

Source: Salt Lake City

To create this community feel, the village will have communal spaces that surround these neighborhoods, including a garden, dog park, and community center, according to renderings of the village.

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A rendering of the tiny home village. Salt Lake City

There will also be a downtown area, shops, a chapel, and sections for Airbnb rentals.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village's shops. Salt Lake City

The goal is to have the Other Side Village running by this winter.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village's garden. Salt Lake City

To do this, Salt Lake City is now moving at "light-speed" to create the village, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in the press release.

Salt Lake City tiny home village concept homeless
A rendering of the tiny home village's garden. Salt Lake City

Source: Salt Lake City

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