Plans for homeless village in Redding moving forward

Jul 9, 2014 8:02 PM by Charlene Cheng

Redding resident Douglas Christian has an idea on how to help his city's homeless population.

"We're envisioning developing a piece of property with 30 to 40 homes on it and providing housing for people that are currently homeless," he said.

The vision is based on Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington.

Christian was inspired when he was invited into a few of the 30 cottages that make up the camp.

"To see somebody who spent years living on the streets, living in a home that has running water and a toilet and a shower and a dresser and a bed and a table to sit down and eat on, they had groceries, and they had community," he said.

The Shasta Humanity Project team is days away from opening a physical office space, but that's just the beginning of a series of steps.

"We've already been doing a lot of research on projects where they've developed homeless communities around the country. We're also looking at how their business plans were structured, how they created their budget to make it operate so it wasn't something where they ran into a huge cost overrun," Christian said.

Chris Solberg has been a homeless advocate in Redding for the last decade.

Five years ago, he also tried to build a homeless village, but was unable to get it off the ground.

"Unfortunately I have run into Redding City Council, they've told me that they just don't want any kind of homeless projects here at all because it's the mentality of 'if you build it, they will come,' and you know, they're already here and they're not going anywhere," Solberg said.

The Shasta Humanity Project team hopes to break ground within a year, but it all depends on how long the planning process takes once they secure the property.

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