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Mobile Loaves & Fishes

We request funding for wheel-chair accessible ramps and decking for homes in Community First! Village (CF!V). CFV has three housing options for the residents: canvas-sided-cottages, micro-homes and RVs. All are considered permanent homes. RVs are particularly well suited for the physically disabled because they include kitchens and bathrooms. (Common outdoor kitchens and large bathhouses are scattered among the micro homes.) Many residents utilize wheelchairs or scooters and need ramps and decking to accommodate them. This is currently one of our greatest needs.




How will you sustain the project beyond expended grant money?

We are continuing to research and build relationships with foundations to support future projects like this.

Provide a detailed accounting of how the grant monies were spent.

We were able to partially fund the construction of a covered deck and ramping for one RV home with funds received from this grant. The total cost of materials for this project was $7,124.96 and the cost of labor was $11,025.00.

How will you utilize what you learned?

Post-construction, we engaged members of our construction and resident care teams in meetings to create a more cost-effective, alternative plan for building future ramps, decking, and covered entrances for our disabled and wheelchair-bound neighbors. The construction team will get quotes for both Phase I and Phase II ramps once the Park Model RV (PMRV’s) for Phase II comes in. They will inform our Relationships & Giving team how much needs to be raised when we decide to pursue more ramp funding.

If you were starting over what would you do differently?

In Phase II, our PMRV’s come with a deck and a roof on the front of the home. We will only need to build a ramp (with a turn and landing most likely), with no additional roof. The wheelchair will then be able to be parked under the roof on the front porch. We will set the PMRV’s as low as possible without interfering with the Maintenance team’s ability to work under the PMRV. The lower we set the unit, the less ramp we will need built. We want to save the driveway for these units if possible, but it does not look like this can be done.

What was the problem the project solved?

We requested funding for wheelchair accessible ramps and decking for homes in Community First! Village.

Who does the project help?

Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. Persistent physical and mental health problems commonly result in poverty and homelessness and are aggravated by life on the streets. The average age of our neighbors is 56 and they have lived an average of 10+ years on the street.

What makes your solution unique?

Community First! Village is the first-of-its-kind master planned community for the chronically homeless. Wheelchair and scooter accessible ramps, decking, and covered entrances are critical needs for many of our physically disabled neighbors. Many neighbors utilize wheelchairs or scooters and need ramps and decking to accommodate them. We have 17 neighbors who use a wheelchair/ambulatory assistive device at the moment. There are 9 neighbors who use a wheel/power chair full-time, 1 uses a wheel/power chair some of the time, and 7 use a cane/walker.

How did the project make a difference?
  • What were the benefits? Neighbors’ quality of life is improved as they are able to better navigate and be more independent in their homes. By offering this stability for their living situation, we can help eliminate unnecessary negative health outcomes for a community where 65% of the population is managing an average of 2+ chronic illnesses.
  • What were the results? This grant enabled us to move a chronically homeless
    person off the streets and into a home that is accessible and permanent.
  • How were the results measured? We were able to accomplish our goal to provide the ability for someone in a wheelchair to access their home, while also creating a place where the wheelchair could remain dry.
How is the project sustainable?

This was a one-time project. There is a 50-year warranty on the materials, and we expect a 10-15 year life span for the ramp and decking.

Can the project be replicated? How so?

Yes, we will use what we have learned from this project for future projects.