I am looking for help to develop a tiny home/farm community for adults with ASD and other adults with diverse abilities. Please understand this is only in the “brainstorm” stage and I am open to any advice or possibilities. I believe we can build something amazing for adults that need just a little more assistance to live productive and happy lives, and perhaps it may be easily reproduced, but I need the resources and support to get this project off the ground.
The discussion with my board has been around a tiny farm community. Not sure of the layout, but each resident will come with their own home on wheels…not campers, but an actual tiny home that they move to our location (the family will be responsible to have their loved-one already established in their tiny home before moving onsite).
The tentative idea is to have a permanent building for residents to eat meals, laundry and socialize together, and have their own home (like an extended bedroom) to live independently. The discussion has been around cul-de-sacs with 4 tiny resident plots with a permanent guardian home in the center for assistance. We are looking at 20 residents to start with and options to add more. This setup was taken from an internet search. (Please remember this is only in the “brainstorming stage…it can be changed, but it’s a place to start)
The other part of this community is to have a working fiber farm (barn and fencing) for residents to work; sheep, alpaca, mohair goats, angora rabbits and a place to process the fiber (fiber mill) and to make items to sell (blankets, rugs, slippers, hats, mittens, etc.). If other tiny home/farm communities are made, they will have compliment programs that will help our program become self-supporting; gardens with greenhouses or ranch style for beef/pig/chicken production.
Our present farm/garden located at the Montana Veterans’ Home in Columbia Falls is WIC (USDA women, infant and children) and Food Stamps approved, these programs will be implemented in all our tiny farm communities.
Hope this doesn’t sound too out-there, but I know there are so many families needing affordable quality housing for loved ones. I am including some research from The Madison House Autism Foundation in Gaithersburg, Maryland…they have a beautiful website with massive information and research.
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