Occupy Madison, Inc became a nonprofit in 2012. In 2013 we built our first tiny house and our first two people moved out of the cold and into a tiny home. In 2014 we purchased a property to put the tiny houses on and opened our first village. Our village has 5 houses and will have 9 houses when we build a community room and kitchen. That construction would have started in the spring - but, COVID. On November 6th, we purchased a new property at 1901 Aberg Ave. and we are building a new village, despite COVID. This village will have a temporary use through June 2021, and we will work to get permanent zoning to build a village with 12 - 20 tiny houses. The temporary use will be 28 Conestoga style tiny huts. We need to raise $400,000 to complete both villages. This funding will ensure the following:
- Both 304 N 3rd and 1901 Aberg will be mortgage free!
- The renovations to the building at 1901 Aberg will be complete - 8 showers, laundry room and kitchen.
- 28 Conestoga style huts will be built for a temporary use. We will find a place to put the houses when their temporary use is complete.
- 24 new larger permanent tiny homes will be built.
- Landscaping at 1901 Aberg Ave will be complete.
- The community room and kitchen at 304 N 3rd Street will be completed.
- 28 people who were homeless will have a safe place to live this winter (2020-2021).
- At least 30 people will have a permanent place to call home!
Our villages are cooperatives, where the people who live there participate in the governance of the village and provide sweat equity to build the homes. People live in the houses for free, but help the community by building products in our workshop, making crafts and jewelry and other goods for sale in our store and growing plants in our greenhouse. Community members and people living in the village work side by side to raise funds to sustain the village. The new property at 1901 Aberg Ave has limitless choices including using the commercial kitchen to run a coffee/sandwich/ice cream shop, a bakery or other use. Future residents have discussed paint nights, a food cart and other activities to pay for the ongoing costs of the village.
Our goal is to raise enough money to complete the two projects so we only have the on-going operating costs of the two villages. Your support can help us do that.