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A tiny house community is being built in Urbana to help people who are homeless or medically fragile

A mockup of a tiny home with light gray siding and a dark gray slanted roof. It has a small cement patio surrounded by grass.

Champaign County Health Care Consumers, Carle Health, and the University of Illinois are partnering to create Hope Village, a nonprofit organization that will house at risk community members, and provide case management as well. From the press release:

Utilizing a framework built upon evidence-based models, Hope Village offers energy-efficient housing for people in our community who are most at risk of experiencing chronic homelessness and are medically fragile. Case management for behavioral health, healthcare needs and other opportunities to help residents thrive will be provided for the entire duration of their stay in tiny-home community. The community will be located in open farmland north of the Carver subdivision in Urbana.

CCHCC will be providing the case management, and Carle and U of I will be providing funding. They will have additional funding from ARPA, and from the state. A team of faculty from Grainger College of Engineering have contributed to the design of the community.

Many times we’ve written about what responsibility such large and well-funded institutions such as Carle and U of I have in bettering our community. This is a very good thing to see happening.

Construction will begin next month.

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