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Although the coalition does not yet have a site, the hope is to lead the way by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
“We need approximately 1 ½ acres. Ideally this would be a zoned multi-family residence and it would be near a bus line and necessary services” such as Linn County mental health, medical services, pharmacies and grocery stores, Davies said.
The planned houses are supposed to be permanent, with foundations, heating, electricity, bathrooms, showers and kitchenettes, she said. “All you would see in a permanent house is what those houses are going to have.”
Hub City will be “a village in the truest sense of the word,” she said. “There is going to be a community center, there is going to be a community garden, there is going to be a storage area – everything the community needs will be there, except, of course, stores.”
The village will be “self-sufficient,” meaning residents will set the rules through a board of directors, Davies said. Each resident will own a small part of the village and the Housing Creation Coalition will be the supervising entity. A peer support mentor, trained by the CHANCE addiction treatment center, will be on hand to help residents learn “restorative justice” techniques, she said.
Rent for the houses will be assessed at a level no more than 30% of the resident’s income, likely between $ 250 and $ 350 per month, Davies said. With each rent payment, $ 50 will be set aside for a savings account, until the account reaches $ 2,000. Once the account is terminated, the rent will drop by $ 50 per month and the $ 2,000 will be available for use by the resident.