At Homes for Hearts, we are committed to building permanent supportive housing with small, quality, single-family houses within Memphis to help pave the way for Memphians experiencing chronic homelessness toward homeownership. 

Homes for Hearts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

At Homes for Hearts, we are committed to building permanent supportive housing with small, quality, single-family houses within Memphis to help pave the way for Memphians experiencing chronic homelessness toward homeownership. 

Homes for Hearts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

We are committed to working with our Memphis partners to provide a case worker to each of our residents. The case worker will meet regularly with the resident to ensure they are connected to the services they need, including job assistance and training, healthcare, access to government assistance, and more. 

Tiny homes are the cheapest, quickest, most sustainable, and most ecologically friendly solution to creating permanent, affordable housing in various neighborhoods in Memphis, while helping low-income and extremely low-income individuals build equity and move above the poverty line.

In addition to the reduction in cost and time to build tiny homes, they are also more environmentally and ecologically friendly than other types of housing. A study conducted by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality found that reducing a house’s size is the single most important factor in reducing its environmental impact. Our smallest tiny homes are 86% smaller (300 – 400 square feet vs. 2600 square feet) than the average single-family home in the U.S.

Finally, the day-to-day cost of building tiny homes, rehousing individuals experiencing homelessness, and maintaining the homes and communities is much cheaper than other options pursued by the Tennessee government. A recent study conducted by Dr. Doug Perkins, Director of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, found that the annual cost to provide permanent public housing in Nashville is between $5,907-7,618 per person, meaning it could save the city a net per-person savings of between $1,630-3,007 if it invested in building that housing.

Our tiny homes will embrace the Housing First model, the most effective way to get people back into permanent housing.

Housing First is an approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues.

There is a large and growing evidence base demonstrating that Housing First is an effective solution to homelessness. Consumers in a Housing First model access housing faster and are more likely to remain stably housed.

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