Community Compassion Outreach, Inc., will model a Village for the Homeless in La Plata County — similar to the Beloved Community Village in Denver. The HHi House is an example of a tiny home/shelter. April 20th, we will know if the HHi House is an acceptable shelter model.
Beloved Community Village
Developed by Denver Homeless Out Loud (advisory members and potential village residents) Amended and fleshed out by Beloved Community Village Residents There will be three inter-related levels of governance within the village: -The Village Council -The Advisory Council -Colorado Village Collaborative The village itself has developed a memorandum of understanding between the Village, the…
— Read on belovedcommunityvillage.wordpress.com/governance/
Insect screens and trim were added to dress up the 178 Square Feet HHi House entrance. Starting March 12, 2018, engineering students will perform destructive testing on this model. By the middle of April, after testing is completed, a design report will be made available to Community Compassion Outreach and Humanitarian House International. The Fort Lewis College collaboration was funded by HHi Architect and Designer Stuart Ohlson of Denver.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – The HHi House is assembled, less furnishings. After Spring Break, engineering design students will begin destructive testing on the unit over a period of four weeks until the design study is complete. A report on the HHi House performance and any modifications is expected on April 20, 2018.
All panels installed, the back of the HHi House looks like this:
Insulated foam panels are being fabricated to wrap the PVC Frame. The third tier of the frame is in place for Insulated Panels to be attached to walls and 10-Ft. ceiling. Galvanized metal roofing will be insulated. Due to some practice by students who have never worked on laminating the panels, delays were unavoidable. Extra boards were ordered and delivery made as we are filming this phase.
Updated Friday, January 26, 2018, video by Donna Mae Baukat.
HHi House is awaiting insulated panels on walls and A-Frame corrugated roofing. Engineering students will be fabricating wall and ceiling panels with OSB and foam insulation for this mockup. When engineering analysis and construction of the HHi House are completed, Community Compassion Outreach of Durango Christian Church will prepare proposals for a planned unit development of HHi Houses in La Plata County, for “None-to-Low” barrier restrictions. Continuum of Care programs will be included in the proposal.
A Collaborative of Southwest Colorado is being formed to plan and manage a dignified and affordable temporary, transitional shelter for people in poverty and homelessness. The shelter we are offering is based upon the final design by Architect Stuart Ohlson and Fort Lewis College Engineering Design and Practice ENGR-315 junior class. On or before April 20, 2018, a FLC Design Report with Structural Engineering analysis will be submitted to us.
Volunteers—Steering Committee Forming
A Steering Committee is forming for the purpose of planning and managing a Village for the homeless in Durango, Colorado. We are considering the HHi House as a viable shelter in a community development for low-income workers and the Homeless. We invite anyone with a heart to help end homelessness to our steering committee. Our first meeting is scheduled March 3, 2018 at Durango Christian Church Fellowship Hall (9:30AM-11:30AM). Contact Donna Mae for information.
Experimental Shelter for Homeless
The components of the HHi House which was built in Denver since 2015 has been disassembled, packed and loaded in a 5’x8’ trailer; and, it was driven to Fort Lewis College Engineering Department for the ENGR-315 class in Durango. Portable and recycled for third time, the HHi House for the Homeless is being introduced to Southwest Colorado.
Our organization is a program of Durango Christian Church in Southwest Colorado since January 2017. We are volunteers working with the community of private citizens, faith-base and other nonprofit groups to bring awareness of evidence-based solutions to end homelessness. For further information, please contact “Donna Mae” at (970) 236-2313 for further information.
RSVP Forum on Ending Homelessness
FREE ADMISSION – Public forum on ending homelessness is scheduled on February 17, 2018, 8:30AM to 4:30PM at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Learn from FLC Engineering Professor Don May of his class of juniors who are evaluating the HHi House and other homeless shelters some of the students will design.
Don is also a Scholar-in-Residence and an Adjunct Professor at the School. A local philanthropist concerned with the issues of homelessness and housing, he serves on the State Interagency Advisory Group on Homelessness for Governor Hickenlooper and served in a similar position for Governor Bill Ritter.
He was a member of Denver’s Road Home Commission and the Colorado Housing and Homelessness Funders Collaborative. He has served on the Adams County Blue Ribbon Commission to End Homelessness; he has chaired the Evaluation Committee of Denver’s Road Home and been on the Board of Directors of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative. He has been part of the decade long process of conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating Denver’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.
ENDING HOMELESSNESS: Why We Haven’t, How We Can is the title of the book Co-edited by Dr. Burnes and David DiLeo. Burnes will present brief history of homelessness with evidence-based practices to end homelessness, economic injustices, lack of affordable housing … with the EMPHASIS on HOW WE CAN End Homelessness.
Thank you Volunteers and Forum Planning Committee Members! You helped us create a very informative event; and, mind boggling data of homelessness has brought new organizations to the goal of planning a Village for the Homeless in our area.
The following are YouTube videos played at the forum during breaks:
STEERING COMMITTEE PLANNING A VILLAGE FOR THE HOMELESS
We are accepting volunteers for a Steering Committee. We are planning a village for the homeless in Durango, La Plata County in southwest Colorado. Please contact us if you have some hours to establish goals and educational material on Homelessness.
“Thirty-five percent of the homeless are not sheltered…”
Big Agnes! We appreciate the generous donation od several sleeping bags and mats!
Shelters are already full to capacity! Winter in Durango has approximately 40 persons in makeshift tents who camp the arroyos and the woods. For those individuals who call Durango ‘home’ there is a high risk of hyperthermia and fatality.
One life lost is enough–two lives is unconscionable! We don’t want another person to die for lack of warmth and the dampness of clothing through inadequate sleeping bags and tents.
Your generous Tax Deductible Gift of $10 or more will assist in the purchase of winter camping gear. We need approximately ten (10) each of camping sleeping bags, tents and tarps rated at 10 to SubZero DegreesF!
Go online to contribute to Community Compassion Outreach Program and mark your Gift “Critical Supply”. Click to go to CCOP Giving.
On November 13, 2017, Community Compassion Outreach Program (CCOP) of Durango Christian Church met with Professor Don May of the Engineering Department at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, Colorado. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the details of the Humanitarian House International “HHI House” for the Homeless. The HHI House is one of two or three best designs of the Engineering 315 junior class to be studied by students.
Proposed transitional shelter for La Plata County’s Homeless
The HHI House is proposed as a transitional shelter to provide people experiencing homelessness in La Plata County a dignified, safe, and comfortable space for a short period of time.
Originally intended for equatorial locations outside the United States, Architect Stuart Ohlson of HHI in Denver redesigned the house for colder climates. Maintaining the HHI PVC Tube framing, Ohlson is using structural insulated panels (SIPs) rather than a canvas or plastic membrane. The roof is designed to be made of galvanized steel insulated with SIPs and at a 1:1 pitch for reduction of snow loading.
Fort Lewis College engineering design & practice study will determine the integrity of the design for our region of Colorado, while offering visual observations of snow loading during Winter 2018. Community Compassion Outreach Program and Humanitarian House International joint venture is to offer the HHI House to the homeless population in La Plata County.
Instead of tents, the Fort Lewis College Engineering Department Collaborative with CCOP and HHI will provide options for a more dignified and safe transitional housing. Competing with Tiny Homes, the Collaborative offers separate sleep spaces with bunk beds in three (3) sizes of the HHI House.
The more substantial large HHI House will be built by students using simple hand tools and according to instructions provided by Ohlson, HHI’s architect. It measures approximately 178-square feet and sleeps six (6) people in three sleep spaces that holds bunk beds; and, the HHI House has room for living quarters, kitchenette, bath/shower. However, kitchen and bathroom appliances are not included.
Low-income people face significant barriers when accessing FEMA’s transitional shelter assistance…
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), after a disaster low income people face significant barriers “when accessing FEMA’s transitional shelter assistance.” Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) helps the most vulnerable individuals and families after a disaster.
….. “DHAP is designed to help those low income households that face significant barriers accessing FEMA’s tran-sitional shelter assistance. Hotels participating in FEMA’s transitional shelter often charge daily “resort” fees, require security deposits, and require that displaced households have credit cards – all of which are barriers for low income households that have already depleted any savings that they may have had and that are often unbanked or under-banked. Some hotels have turned away displaced families with hotel vouchers. Without DHAP, displaced, low income families often have little choice but to move into uninhabitable or overcrowded homes, stay at shelters, or sleep in their cars or on the streets. There are numerous accounts of individuals that were unable to access FEMA’s transitional housing assistance that later needed emergency hospital care after returning to mold-infested homes. Families have set up “tent cities” because they had no place to go.”
Tiny homes have been used for many years in camps for the homeless in parts of the U.S. — however, in an emergency, Tiny Homes cannot be set up as rapidly as needed.
The HHI House for the Homeless has many advantages for transitional & emergency shelters.
Community Compassion Outreach Program (CCOP) and Humanitarian House International, in collaboration with Fort Lewis College Engineering Department is seeking a viable solution. Read more.
Contact us for details of Fort Lewis College Engineering Design & Practice (Engr 315) Spring 2018.
Shelter for the Homeless Collaborative of SW Colorado
In collaboration with Fort Lewis College (FLC) and Humanitarian House International (HHI) for a temporary and short-term Shelter for the Homeless—Community Compassion Outreach Program (CCOP), a Durango Christian Church initiative, is considering the HHI House for the Homeless (HHI House). The goal is to provide a dignified, safe shelter to prevent a person from living in the outdoors.
CCOP and HHI advocates for people in poverty and homelessness in and beyond La Plata County, Colorado, for adequate shelter. We believe this shelter is a viable solution for ending homelessness in the USA, while addressing affordable housing for 7.5 million individuals and families in Poverty (a single most cause of homelessness).
Our mission is to assist individuals and families to survive and exit homelessness — One House At A Time!
Scope of Project
Shelter for the Homeless Collaborative SW Colorado is formed by advocates for determining structural and aesthetic criteria of a new temporary-and-short-term shelter for individuals and families of Homelessness and Poverty.
Humanitarian House International, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides refugee shelters in other countries. Partnering with HHI brings solutions and promises for our organization (CCO) to assist persons to survive homelessness.
Architect Stuart Ohlson designed the shelter for equatorial and warmer climates. When “Donna Mae” Baukat, executive director of CCOP, researched shelters for a proposed homeless camp in Durango, Colorado, Ohlson introduced the HHI House.
The HHI House will be studied by students of FLC Engineering Design and Practice class (Engr 315) and faculty, led by Don May, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of the Engineering Department.
On January 8, 2018, the Junior Class will commence design studies in the first half of the semester — in accordance with the requirements of CCOP for the project, and an expanded scope of HHI to satisfy the course curriculum of FLC. During the second half of the course, students will build and test the structure. Studies and evaluation will be conducted on the Fort Lewis College Campus in Durango, CO USA.
Goals and Future Plans
The purpose of this engineering study is to tap into the creative energy of the FLC engineering students to offer solutions in the form of temporary and short-term shelters, both locally and nationwide. On a Global level, the HHI House will respond to natural disasters and emergency shelter needs.
These shelters are intended for an organized, self-governed, democratic, safe ‘village’ — designed to bring dignity and pride to people who are trying to exit poverty and homelessness. CCOP has completed its research of successful villages for the homeless in various parts of the country.
Additionally, we are working to find innovative programs to benefit Durango’s homeless ‘villagers’ with human and health services, mentorship, and management oversight.
An organized, self-governed village for people experiencing homelessness is the only dignified solution to assist them toward self-sufficiency!
Donations for Materials Welcome!
This study project requires funds for materials of the building to be set up on the campus of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. The Shelter for the Homeless Collaborative of Southwest (SW) Colorado (SWShelter4Homeless) appreciate your support in kind and with your generous GIFT.