The Pathfinder Initiative

The Pathfinder Tiny House Village is for people who are desiring to emerge from their current state of homelessness. The Pathfinder will combine safe, stable, and sanitary living conditions with onsite professional and faith-based resources to help people help themselves out of homelessness. The Pathfinder will serve as a temporary crisis housing option for single moms and their children, seniors, veterans, and individuals who simply cannot find supportive housing options.

A proposal for a collaboratively run temporary crisis housing and resource tiny house village.

The Pathfinder Village:

  • Starting capacity of up to 16 persons temporarily residing in up to 10 cabins
  • Surrounded by a security fence with privacy fabric
  • 10 Tiny houses (10’x16’), counseling/medical cabin, security cabin, common kitchen, bathrooms and showers, dumpsters, storage lockers, bicycle storage, kennel area, and large garden area
  • 24 hour security regimen 
  • Professional oversight including community liaison team
  • Transportation as necessary

The Pathfinder Program:

  • Residents come pre-screened from collaborative partner referrals.
  • Residents sign agreement to follow rules.
  • Residents agree to submit to a background check and random drug testing.
  • Residents exchange program costs for work responsibilities. 
  • Residents have village maintenance responsibilities and are required to complete community service hours.
  • Residents complete an assessment of needs and draft a ‘Life Plan’ with a Certified Peer Support Specialist. 
  • Residents receive supervision and assistance with the implementation of their customized ‘Life Plan’ with their mentor team and case manager.  
  • Exit from temporary crisis housing program to permanent housing. 
  • Resident’s length of stay depends upon both the amount time needed to stabilize and the availability of permanent housing units.

The Pathfinder Target Demographic:

  • People desiring to move forward in life.
  • Single women (some with children), families, senior citizens, veterans, disabled, abused, or indigent persons.
  • Persons screened and referred by partner organizations.
  • Persons with legal records of violence or sex-related offenses will not be allowed.

Pathfinder Leadership:

  • Organizational levels of leadership will be implemented by a working team of individuals made up of representatives of participating organizations.
  • Participating organizations will provide a person to serve on the leadership team as well as additional volunteers playing defined roles within the collaboration. 
  • Those utilizing the Pathfinder temporary crisis housing program will have visible and important leadership roles.
  • Those utilizing the Pathfinder temporary crisis housing program will maintain the facilities, grounds, and public traffic areas around adjacent neighborhoods.

Organizational Structure:

  •   Nonprofit organizer     →     Leadership Team     →     Management Teams     →     Volunteers and Residents

The Pathfinder Finances:

  • Private donations from individuals and organizations through the organizing nonprofit
  • Grants from foundations
  • Contributions from local municipal and county governments

Community Benefits:

  • Expansion of temporary crisis housing beds.
  • Stability and localization for Residents.
  • Localization for all types of resource providers.
  • A safe, secure, and supervised environment that focuses on the stabilization and restoration of people.
  • Less Crime, Less Cost, Better Outcomes for Communities.



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