TINY HOMES, BIG HOPE

Imagine a tiny home community providing safe, clean and affordable housing on five wooded acres centrally located to employment opportunities in Branson, Missouri.

This community is an efficient and attractive housing solution with a philosophy of work. Multiple microbusinesses, job training opportunities, and mentorship relationships provide a productive and dignified living environment, as well as relationships with co-workers, friends and neighbors. A real community is more than housing, it’s a place to call home.

Imagine no more sub-standard, inadequate motel room living in our area, replaced by a fresh, safe and positive sense of community. Secure housing meets an essential and fundamental need, reduces motel living and homelessness, lifts individuals and elevates our whole community.

Be among the first to support this vision of hope for our neighbors who struggle in, or on the edge of poverty.

Help us Elevate Branson with this proven solution to a growing problem in our area. We can rise to the challenge of adequate and affordable housing and improve the quality of life for our neighbors, the hourly employees, and front-line workforce who support the Branson economy.

Your support is essential to make this vision a reality.

ELEVATE COMMUNITY TIMELINE

We all want to know “why haven’t the tiny homes been built yet?” There are a lot of moving pieces to a project this size, which means there can be obstacles, challenges and roadblocks to overcome. Rest assured, things are still moving forward.

December 2020

Awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLBDM) for the construction of 24 tiny homes.

May 2021

Awarded a $1.9 million dollar grant from the state of Missouri and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Roads, etc.).

June – November 2021

As part of the grant process, we had to have an environmental review which resulted in an endangered bat finding causing us to remove trees that the endangered bats could potentially roost in. The Osage Indian Tribe also requested a cultural review which is essentially an artifact dig and report on the findings.

February 2022

Because of the nature of the CDBG grant all procurement including an engineer has to go through the City of Branson process. There was a significant delay in the selection of the engineering firm, up to 9 months, due to city elections and turn-over of city staff.

March – July 2022

Engineering discovered Elevate Branson needed to cross the adjacent property to the east for a gravity fed sewer. This would significantly reduce expenses versus putting in a lift station sewer. The owners of the property were not willing to grant an easement but were willing to sell Elevate Bransonthe adjacent 10-acre parcel.

August 2022

Engineering resumed after the purchase of the adjacent property was completed.

November 2022

We then experienced a 45-day engineering delay due to new City of Branson Planning & Zoning staff needing the City of Branson attorney to review the plans to make sure everything was in code compliance.

March 2023

Awarded $1million dollar American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) Grant for the construction of 18 additional house.

April 2023

Due to acquiring the adjacent 10-acre parcel, an environmental review addendum was required by CDBG.

May 2023

Completed engineering plans for the public portion of CDBG funding area and submitted to the City of Branson.

June 2023

Public plans were approved by City of Branson and Submitted to CDBG for approval.

July 2023

Environmental review addendum 98% completed but needing the Corps of Engineers approval because of a water way located on the 10-acre parcel.

August 2023

Received approval from Corps of Engineers.

September 2023

Mayor signs amended environmental review resolution. Project approved by CDBG to go out for bid. Received request from Osage Indian Tribe for an additional cultural review and artifact dig for the 10-acre parcel. Bid put on hold.

October 2023

Cultural review and artifact dig goes out for bid. Private infrastructure plans are now completed.

November 2023

Cultural review and artifact dig vendor is selected.

December 2023

CDBG approves the vendor for the cultural review and artifact dig.

January 2024

Results from Cultural Review and Artifact Dig are received.

February 2024

CDBG approves the Cultural Review report. The Osage Indian Tribe has 30-days to review and comment on the cultural review results.

March 2024

CDBG has given authorization to go out for bid.  Project to go out for bid.

Assuming there is a bidder, the contract has to be written and approved by the Board of Aldermen. The contractor has to mobilize and schedule equipment for the construction. Construction is estimated to take 4-6 months. We can then begin to set houses. Then we celebrate!

ELEVATE COMMUNITY F.A.Q.

Why create affordable housing with tiny homes?

Tiny homes have proven to be an efficient way to create safe, independent, and sustainable housing for low income individuals and couples, as well as those struggling on the brink of homelessness. Tiny houses have become a benchmark for these kinds of developments nationwide that provide simple, affordable and dignified living spaces in a community of mutual care and support.

What is included in a tiny home?

Our tiny homes are prefabricated, permanent, 400-square-foot homes complete with an open kitchen, dining and living area, small bedroom, one bath and a front porch. The homes come fully furnished with a bed, kitchen table and chairs, upholstered family room furniture, table and lamp as well as kitchen appliances, heating and air conditioning. Tiny homes are Energy Star rated and equipped with fire supression sprinkler systems.

What services will be available on site?

Because of the Community’s adjacent location to the Elevate Branson campus, all the connections and supportive services of the organization are within an easy walk for residents. These include telemedicine, mental health assessments, counseling services and more. On site laundry facilities, a community garden, small store and chapel are planned. A marketplace and thrift store, art and woodworking shop, and a microbusiness to be determined will provide microbusiness job training and employment opportunities as well.

What is the timeline for this development?

Much of the timing is based on available funding, both from sponsors and from local, state and federal grant monies. Engineering and infrastructure must happen first. Tiny homes will be placed on site in phases determined by available resources and community need. For regular progress updates subscribe to the Elevate Branson monthly newsletter at ElevateBranson.org.

Who will be able to live in the Elevate Community?

An application process allows low income residents who have been located in Taney County for at least 12 months to relocate to Elevate Community. Residents must be 18 years or older and provide identification and income documentation. A careful screening process will access applicant suitability and willingness to adhere to the rules and obligations of neighborhood living.

What rules will be in place for residents?

As in many communities, certain rules of conduct are in place to assure a safe and healthy living environment for all. Some regulations will include that yards be kept tidy and occupancy limits obeyed. Any overnight guests must be registered with the office. Illegal drug possession and use is strictly prohibited. Alcohol can only be consumed inside a home and unruly behavior, public drunkenness or other criminal behavior will be reported to the police.

How much will it cost to live there?

Residents will rent a fully furnished home for $400 per month, which includes utilities and trash removal. Internet and cable will be provided for an additional fee. No deposits will be required, but monthly rent payments are due in advance of occupancy.

How many people can live in a tiny home?

The homes are ideal for one person but can accommodate a couple as well. For adult couples who wish to live together, they must be an established couple who both qualify separately to live in Elevate Community, in order to occupy a single tiny home together.

Are residents allowed to have pets?

Yes. With management approval, residents may have one small pet. There is an additional pet charge and leashes are required when outside of the tiny home.

How long can someone live at Elevate Community?

Residents can live here as long as they follow the rules and meet annual income qualification guidelines. All applicants for residency execute a lease contract for their tiny home which may vary from six months to a year. Annual income verification will be required.

How will you assure the safety of residents and neighbors?

The resident application process is conducted by professionals using an established, state-wide system with extensive databases to assure reliability. Valid social security cards and/or similar government-issued identification or fingerprint documentation will be utilized for extensive background checks.

What kind of background checks will be conducted?

Applicants will undergo a complete background check which includes credit, eviction and criminal history. No one who has committed a crime against a person (murder/manslaughter, kidnapping, child molestation, rape, crimes of a sexual nature or arson), has any requirement for sex offender registration, or has a pattern of behavior which may interfere with the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by others will be allowed to live at Elevate Community.

Will anyone from outside our area be permitted to live at Elevate Community?

All applicants must have been a verifiable Taney County resident for at least one year.

TINY HOME SPONSORSHIP SUMMARY

Tiny Home Sponsorships Include:

Your sponsorship of a tiny home is the foundation of this community and the vision of clean, safe, stable and affordable housing for Branson where no one needs to live in a motel room ever again.

  • Your company name or logo on the front porch railing of the house
  • Your company name or logo listed on the website and in related media materials.
  • A name you select for the home on a plaque near the front door
  • Select from the available sites for the location of your sponsored home.

Tiny Home Sponsor Involvement:

When you, your family, business, or organization sponsors a home, you can choose to become involved in the design, construction, upkeep, and ongoing resident support system.

  • Select exterior and roof colors for your sponsored home.
  • Select the interior finishes, floor, and cabinet colors for your sponsored home.
  • Enhance the home’s yard and landscaping design.
  • Provide an ongoing care and support team for the home’s occupant(s).

Tiny Home Sponsorship – $35,000

Tiny Home Add-On Sponsors:

Solar Energy Sponsorship – $12,500

Tiny homes can be powered by a sponsor (and the sun) with a solar energy package. This sponsorship includes the roof panels, storage and delivery system to support the needs of one home and its residents off the grid.

Furniture Package Sponsorship – $5,000

Each home comes complete with kitchen appliances, upholstered family room chairs, table, and lamp, a small kitchen dining table with chairs, bed, window coverings, and wall decor.

Landscape Sponsorship – $5,000

A little green space around each home gives the whole street a fresh and peacefull feeling. Each tiny home yard will have grass, mulch, and an easy-care tree or shrub to compliment the neighborhood.

Home Essentials Sponsorship – $1,000

Basic supplies to outfit the kitchen, bed linens, bath towels, shower curtain, and other essential items make each tiny home a fully functioning living space.

READY TO BECOME A SPONSOR?

For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Bryan Stallings at 417.294.1300 or [email protected]