Ubuntu Villages builds permanent and affordable, environmentally conscious tiny houses and tiny house communities for lower socio-economic families.

The challenge.

The housing affordability crisis is among the most important problems facing low-income households today.

59% of renting households with incomes below $20,000 spend more than 50% of their income on rent but only 1 in 4 receive housing assistance.

In 2015, 2.7 million people faced eviction in the U.S.

Low-income African American women are at a higher risk of eviction.

In disadvantaged neighborhoods, eviction is to women what incarceration is to men: incarceration locks men up, while evictions lock women out (Matthew Desmond, 2014).

With the rise in housing costs, families are either waiting for affordable housing, being forced to live in environmentally toxic places, or spending over half of their income on the rent.

Our mission.

Our mission is to build permanent and affordable, environmentally conscious tiny houses and tiny house communities for lower socio-economic families.

We want to end poverty one tiny house at a time! 

Our approach.

We partner with faith based communities and affordable housing advocates to build and sustain tiny house communities from start to finish. We assess property options, organize and lead local volunteer-corps, obtain zoning approval, develop eco-community designs, and build the tiny housing community.

Our values.

Our approach to ending poverty with permanent and affordable eco-justice tiny houses is grounded in six core principles:

Affordability

We are committed to building affordable tiny houses for low-income families.

Equity Building

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to own a home.

Dignity

From the application process to the move-in date, we honor the dignity of all people.

Eco-Awareness

We are committed to being good stewards of the earth and living in harmony with it.

Inclusion

We are committed to providing homes especially to African Americans families.

Community

We believe that community is essential to our ability to thrive in world.

ubuntu |o͝oˈbo͝on to͞o|

Xhosa and Zulu, meaning

our humanity is inextricably bound together.

I am because we are.

Our village.

We are partnering with affordable housing advocates in New Jersey and the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church conference (GNJUMC) to build our first tiny house village. Join our mailing list to receive updates.

NJ Eviction in 2016 by County* 

*Source for data: New Jersey Judiciary County Management June 2106, Out of Reach NJ Data

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