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The New Vision Village For Former Foster Kids


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What happens to teenagers and young adults who age out of the foster system? Often they’re left struggling and homeless. Ruston Seaman and his non-profit New Vision are trying to solve that problem by building a village of 24 tiny homes in Philippi, West Virginia.

This village will give these vulnerable young people a stable place to live and learn essential life skills. The first tiny home is nearly finished and was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March. Thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, they hope to have five homes finished this summer. See some photos below and read more about the village from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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24 Homes To Support Vulnerable Young Adults!

The New Vision Village 11

Images via New Vision

This is the groundbreaking by one of the nearly-completed homes.

The houses are 500-square feet.

VIDEO: NEW VISION VILLAGE PROJECT

Highlights:

  • Ruston Seaman, through his nonprofit New Vision, is developing a village of 24 tiny homes in Philippi, West Virginia.
  • The village aims to support youth aging out of foster care and vulnerable adults. The initiative provides stability and essential life skills to young people who often face homelessness and lack resources after leaving the foster system.
  • The first nearly completed home was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • Five homes are expected to be ready by summer, funded primarily by a $750,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
  • The village will offer housing, counseling, job training, and life skills education.
  • Twelve units will be reserved for adults willing to mentor the younger residents.
  • This supportive, multi-generational community approach is inspired by Eden Village’s model in Springfield, Missouri.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • MB Mitchell
    May 26, 2024, 1:56 pm

    This is SO creative and very ambitious but definitely lives out the heart of God and people giving of their love, time, and talents to help an underserved population.

  • Alison
    May 26, 2024, 7:30 pm

    This is a fine endeavor. Gives one hope. (My only complaint is that we didn’t get to see much about the individual houses.)

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