Funding for Occupy Madison Inc Projects

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has proposed using federal spending for the needs of the houseless in Madison and specifically Occupy Madison. The mayor’s blog post can be found here.

The part of the post that impacts the organization:

Homelessness Support – $8,650,000. Funding supports a variety of strategies to support persons experiencing homelessness in Madison such a permanent men’s shelter and additional tiny houses, including an Occupy Madison Solar Project that will reduce housing costs.

We have been talking about having a solar array for years, and funding has always been a major obstacle. Our proposal is to have a solar array on the rooves of the main buildings at both villages and panels on every tiny house. This will not only cut operational costs so funds can be directed towards getting people into houses and a healing community, but we will also be doing our part to contribute to a green infrastructure.

We are currently working on finishing Phase 2 of OM Village, adding another shower, laundry facilities, a kitchen, and a community room to the existing building. After this is complete, we will be able to move four more people into the village and focus on building 22 tiny houses to replace the conestoga huts at the village on Aberg Avenue. Simultaneously, we are looking at more properties in Madison to put more tiny houses to get the unhoused into housing.

Link for how to get a tiny house here. How to volunteer and donate are on this site in the menu above.

Open House/Block Party

 

The residents of Occupy Madison’s Aberg Ave Village would like to invite you to an open house/block party on Saturday, June 5th, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

There will be music, games, tours will be given, and art will be for sale as well as items made by Occupy Madison’s members and volunteers.  This event is child and pet friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family and get to know your neighbors!

 

Plant Sale Preview – Pre-orders now available!

Plants available for sale now! More to come!

Plants are now available for sale here! Be sure once you are there  to click on “order now” to see all the plants!

This year we are using Purple Cow organic soils

Our plant sale will be fully live later this week, but for now, we know we have a certain amount of plants available and will be adding several more.

If interested in the sneak peak, you can view what we now have available.  Be sure to also check back later in the week!

Pick up plants as early as this weekend!

At this point, any plants ordered by Friday (5/7) at 10pm  can be picked up Saturday after 12pm.

Plants ordered on Saturday (5/8) can be picked up on Sunday (3/9).

After that pick ups will be as follows:

    • For orders placed between Monday 12 pm and Thursday 12 pm, pick up is that Friday after 12 pm
    • For orders placed between Thursday 12 pm and Monday 12 pm, pick up is Tuesday after 12 pm

 

 

Wiggie’s Memorabilia Silent Auction

Your man-cave or she-shed need a few new items?  Fan of Dale Klee (old car photos) or Ted Crow (sports caricatures)?  Packer’s fan?  Need a boatload of holiday decorations?  Music fan?  Need a Wiggie’s memento?  Or an old parking meter?  You just never know what you might find in our silent auction.

The auction will be on line 4/20 – 5/14 at midnight, just click here to see all the goodies.  You can pick up your winnings starting 5/15.  All proceeds will go to help with the ongoing costs (water, electricity, toilet paper – the necessities!) of our two villages.

If the silent auction is not your thing, you can donate through the donate button on this page or watch for our spring plant sale coming up May 8th!

Neighborhood Meeting Slides & 1901 Aberg Project Update

So much has been happening we haven’t had a lot of time to write about it!  Tonight we had our neighborhood meeting with Alder Syed Abbas and city staff.  I promised to get the slides from tonight up on the website – so they will follow this write up.

We received unanimous consent from Urban Design Commission on 4/14 to recommend approval to the Plan Commission. We have two more public meetings to go to get permanent zoning:

    • Plan Commission – Monday, April 26th (Agenda is already out and you can register now)
    • City Council Meeting – Tuesday, May 4th.

City staff recommended people send their comments to pccomments@cityofmadison.com.

And without further ado, here are the slides!

Full Presentation of slides

Celebrate Spring! Egg Hunt and Mini-Tour of New Village

Tomorrow (4/3) from 11 – 2 Occupy Madison is hosting a soft launch mini-open house with an Egg Hunt for the kids at 11:30.  The architect will be there with his latest drawing of what the village will look like when completed if we get our permanent zoning.  Looks like the weather will be great!  Feel free to share on Facebook as well!

Spring is here and at Occupy Madison we are ready to celebrate our new home, our new neighborhood, our new community. We are inviting neighborhood residents to come see the village, bring your kids for an egg hunt, preview the permanent zoning plans we have for 1901 Aberg and get to know your neighbors better. Egg hunt will be at 11:30 and there will be prizes for everyone – and secret surprises for whomever finds a tiny rubber duckie or a “Celebrate” message in their egg! Refreshments, and flower wreath making and more!

spring celebration

 

Sneak Peek at Preliminary Renderings and Permanent Plans for 1901 Aberg Ave.

Ok – so here’s a few drawings and some informaiton to get your imagination flowing about what the village at 1901 Aberg Ave will look like if we get permanent zoning. Continue reading “Sneak Peek at Preliminary Renderings and Permanent Plans for 1901 Aberg Ave.”

Spring Plans for 304 N 3rd St.

The day is finally coming.  304 N 3rd Street, the original Occupy Madison Tiny House Village, will finally be getting a community room, laundry and  . . . wait for it . . . a real kitchen!!!!  And when the renovations are done, the population at the village will go from 5 to 9 residents.

A lot has to happen between then (mid April) and now.  We are awaiting CSM approval from the city and our architect (Ed Kuharski, Green Design Studio) and contractor (Bachmann Construction) are working out the final details from the Planned Development we got approved in 2015.  We finally have the funds ($200,000) to finish phase 2.

Plus, we’ll be doing our annual plant sale as well the first weekend in May!  Tomatoes, peppers, kale and all your garden favorites.  The sale will be on-line again this year – watch for details soon.

Here’s the latest drafts of the plans!  Er, I did say draft, some of the details may change, but this is the basic gist of it!

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How to Support the Tiny House Villages in 2021

This week we are putting the final touches on phase one (temporary) of the new tiny house village at 1901 Aberg Ave.  We are very excited to be reaching the conclusion of interior construction!  We finished our last house in early January, about 2 months after purchasing the 1901 property.  We ended up building 34 houses.

At this point, honestly, we have to turn our attention to raising the money.  Our next plans include:

    • Renovations at 304 N 3rd St. starting in April.  We are adding a kitchen and community room to the building and adding 4 more houses. The new kitchen and community room will free up woodshop space so we can build the permanent tiny houses there. ($200,000)
    • Permanent status at 1901.  By June we need to go through the planning process and get permanent zoning for 1901 Aberg Ave.  Permanent zoning includes reducing the number of houses from 28 – 20, building our permanent larger houses, landscaping and building raised bed gardens.  It also means we have to determine a permanent use for the building. Should it be a sandwich shop?  A retail store? Or something else. ($200,000)
    • We need more land.  As the larger houses cycle in and we reduce the number of houses at 1901 Aberg Ave for our permanent use, we need to find a new place to put our houses. ($????)
    • We also need a new pick up truck to tow the houses and a passenger van. ($???)

We also know that many people want to continue to volunteer with us.  At the moment, we are looking for the following help:

    • Fundraising Committee – help us determine how to continue to raise funds, write grants and continue to grow our villages.
    • OM Store – help with our on-line store that sells products produced by our residents.
    • OM Grow – help with our greenhouse and spring plant sale.
    • Accounting – we are looking for a bookkeeper
    • OM Shop Managers – lead a shift in our woodworking shop.  Currently shifts are limited to our residents.
    • Resident meeting and services facilitator assistants (meetings are in person, not zoom)
    • Check back for more opportunities soon.

If you are interested in volunteering, email occupymadisoninc@gmail.com.

  1. Donate to our GoFundMe page here.  You can also venmo, send a check to 304 N 3rd St. Madison WI 53704 or donate through paypal.  Yes, we have 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Share our GoFundMe page on-line.
  3. Sign up to become a sustainer – donating a monthly amount of money to help us with ongoing costs.
  4. Buy products from our on-line store. (check back, more items will be posted.)
  5. Donated items for the new village.   Items can be dropped off 1901 Aberg Ave.  Items we currently are accepting include:
    1. Laundry Soap
    2. Dish washing liquid, dishwasher soap
    3. Cleaning sprays, vinegar, bleach and cleaning supplies for bathrooms and showers
    4. Toilet paper
    5. Coffee
    6. Office supplies – paper (printer and notepad), pens, tape
    7. Arts and craft supplies
    8. Small curtains and curtain rods. (32w x 14 H)
    9. Shower shoes
  6. Supplies for our woodshop can be dropped off at any time at 304 N 3rd Street.  Items we are looking for include:
    1. Untreated Dimensional Lumber (minimum length 6’) 1×4; 1×6; 2×4 ; 2×6; 2×8; 2×10; 2×12; 4×4
    2. Plywood (minimum size 4’x4’; please no OSB or Particle Board) 3/8”CDX; ½” CDX; ½” MDO
    3. Bulls Eye or Kilz Paint Primer
    4. Hardwoods: Cherry, Walnut, Hickory, Hackberry, Elm, Locust, Ash
    5. Other (please confirm we can use it before dropping off, we have a small space to store it in!)

Upcoming things to watch for:

  1. An on-line auction for larger and unique items from Wiggies Bar
  2. A grand opening as soon as COVID-19 is over!
  3. Many smaller fundraisers over the next year as we continue to try to raise an additional $275,000 or more.

How can I support the new tiny house village?

At this point, honestly, we have to turn our attention to raising the money to finish the two villages.  The renovations and houses are proceeding as quickly as possible.  The northsiders have generously donated most of the items that people need to move in.  Volunteers have been able to nearly complete 15 houses and can produce 4 houses a week.  We hope to have 28 people off the streets by the end of the year, just 3 months after we put in the offer to purchase the property.  People keep asking how they can help – these are our preferred methods.We can use help with the following things.

  1.  Sign up to volunteer here. (shifts are added regularly, check back often)
  2. Donate to our GoFundMe page here.  You can also venmo, send a check to 304 N 3rd St. Madison WI 53704 or donate through paypal.  Yes, we have 501(c)(3) status.
  3. Share our GoFundMe page on-line.
  4. Sign up to become a sustainer – donating a monthly amount of money to help us with ongoing costs.
  5. Buy products from our on-line store/holiday sale. (check back, more items will be posted.)
  6. Donated items for the new village can be dropped off Saturday and Sunday 10 – noon at 1901 Aberg Ave.  Items we currently are accepting include:
    1. Bath Towels
    2. Laundry Soap
    3. Dish washing liquid, dishwasher soap
    4. Cleaning sprays, vinegar, bleach and cleaning supplies for bathrooms and showers
    5. Toilet paper
    6. Small lamps for in houses
    7. Small curtains and curtain rods. (32w x 14 H)
    8. Shower shoes
  7. Supplies for our woodshop can be dropped off at any time at 304 N 3rd Street.  Items we are looking for include:
    1. Untreated Dimensional Lumber (minimum length 6’) 1×4; 1×6; 2×4 ; 2×6; 2×8; 2×10; 2×12; 4×4
    2. Plywood (minimum size 4’x4’; please no OSB or Particle Board) 3/8”CDX; ½” CDX; ½” MDO
    3. Bulls Eye or Kilz Paint Primer
    4. Hardwoods: Cherry, Walnut, Hickory, Hackberry, Elm, Locust, Ash
    5. Other (please confirm we can use it before dropping off, we have a small space tp store it in!)
  8. Volunteer support items can be dropped off at 931 E Main Street (enter on Brearly side of the building, #17 to get in) during scheduled workshifts.  Items we need include:
    1. Bottled water and drinks for the volunteers
    2. Snacks/food for the volunteers

Upcoming things to watch for:

  1. A (chilly) garage sale for some items from Wiggies Bar and an opportunity to view the village once the houses are (mostly) in place.
  2. An on-line auction for larger and unique items from Wiggies Bar
  3. A grand opening as soon as COVID-19 is over!
  4. Many smaller fundraisers over the next year as we continue to try to raise an additional $400,000.