By K.D. Michaels
Elevate Branson is one step closer to developing a tiny house community after a 400 square foot tiny home was delivered to their Gretna Road campus on Wednesday. The prefabricated house, complete with living room, kitchen, one bedroom, bathroom and a front porch, is on loan from Eden Village of Springfield for the next 60 days, so that members of our community can get a first hand view of how the planned affordable housing community will look.
“We wanted our friends and neighbors to see exactly what we are planning for this tiny house development,” explained Bryan Stallings, who along with wife, Amy, founded Elevate Branson. “The homes are small, but they are well made, and stylish. These are places folks can be proud to call home.”
A total of 48 tiny homes will be placed on individual lots on a 5 acre plot of land near Elevate Branson, to be known as Elevate Community. The land was donated by an anonymous benefactor. In addition to affordable housing, Elevate Community will also offer work, apprenticeships, and a variety of support services.
To reside in Elevate Community, an applicant must meet financial guidelines for low income housing. Occupants will be responsible for monthly rent, and proper care and upkeep of their home, as well as following a set of rules for personal conduct. Another stipulation of becoming a part of this new development is residency. Each applicant must prove that he or she has been a resident of Taney County for at least 12 months prior to occupying a home in Elevate Community.
Stallings explained that the tiny house will be on display at Elevate Branson for the next 60 days, and interested persons can tour the home on an appointment basis. Businesses, organizations and individuals can sponsor one or more of the tiny homes. Depending on their level of sponsorship, they could name their home, choose paint colors for inside and outside, and can provide care and support for the future occupant of the home they sponsor.
“We aren’t just building houses. We’re building community,” Stalling emphasized. “Our mission is to empower our neighbors to reach their full potential.”
While Elevate Branson works diligently to provide basic needs for many in our community, Stallings noted that those needs go beyond the basics of food and affordable housing , adding “It must include meaningful work, positive relationships, hope, dignity, and purpose to create real and lasting change.”
To set up an appointment to tour the tiny home, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call Elevate Branson at 417-294-1300.