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 men and women 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 men and women experiencing chronic homelessness toward homeownership. 

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

We are committed to providing 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. In addition, case workers will employ the ‘asset-based approach’ to reinforce the belief in our residents that each of them have skills and abilities they can contribute to the community.

Tiny Homes embrace the dignity of its residents in several ways. First, it gives the residents a safe, warm, private place to place their belongings and return to each day. Second, it allows the residents to experience the freedom of having their own home. By giving our residents a place to call home, a greater sense of individualism and self agency, and a community to surround them with support, we build a beloved community in which our residents can flourish on their path toward homeownership.

PILOT PROJECT : 

This year we are launching our Phase One: Raise $1,000,000 campaign to build 25 small, single-family homes on vacant lots throughout the core of our city. Each time we raise $35,000, we will begin construction on a new home. 

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.

At Homes for Hearts, we know that placing people experiencing homelessness in individual tiny homes can save the city even more money because they are less costly to build and maintain than traditional public housing. Even after adding wrap around services, it is clear that tiny homes are the most cost effective way to rehouse individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

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.

Take a moment and watch our video to understand why we chose this mission for Memphis!