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Non-profit proposes tiny village for homeless in Shasta County

A non-profit organization in Shasta County is looking to build permanent housing for the homeless.

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 8:43 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Members of Noah's Community Village in Redding say they are looking to lease thirty acres of land on Middle Creek Road, about 19 miles west of Redding.

Baron Browning, Vice President of Noah's Community Village, said the organization plans to apply state and federal grants for funding.

The plan is still in its early stages of development and Browning said there will be case managers for those living in the homes.

"Everybody will be assigned a case manager and so they'll have to follow the case study from wherever they came from... Whether that's drug and alcohol treatment or mental health treatment or whatever that is and they'll continue those programs within our village," said Browning.

The organization said the proposal is not a handout and those living there would be expected to pay rent and follow community policies.

At the location, they plan to have about 180 homes built and the hope is to reduce homelessness in the county.

"Noah's Community Village came about with obviously everything that we've got going on in the community with homelessness and how do we combat that?" said Browning. "How do we strategize to figure out the best possibility to make them successful - in whatever environment we put them in - but also successful for our community?"

Each house would feature a kitchenette, bathroom and shower, as well as a communal area.

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