This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. In October 2022, Salt Lake City Council adopted a new and innovative strategy to address the increasing chronically homeless in the capital city, approving the creation of a tiny home village community. CEO Preston Cochrane of The Other Side Village shares further details.

Preston Cochrane: 

Since 2015, The Other Side Academy has been aiding individuals with long histories of criminal behavior and addiction. The Other Side Village is affiliated with The Other Side Academy and aims to address the root causes of homelessness and provide effective interventions to support individuals transitioning from living on the streets to a supportive living environment.

Situated at 1850 West Indiana Avenue in Salt Lake City, the Village will offer deeply affordable housing for over 500 residents. Phase one, slated to open later this year, will introduce cottage style homes, including unique AirBnB-style nightly rentals, fostering job opportunities and revenue generation.

The Other Side Village emphasizes community, accountability, and self-reliance. Prospective residents must undergo a minimum six-month immersion in the Village Preparatory School before securing permanent residency in the Village. Here, they receive guidance from experienced coaches, must maintain sobriety, and learn to embrace a value-centered lifestyle.

Derek Miller: 

The Other Side Village is revolutionizing homelessness and housing solutions, offering a life-saving alternative for those who need it most. Once completed, it will offer deeply affordable housing, onsite medical and mental health services, and community collaboration for previously marginalized individuals, reshaping traditional approaches to create lasting positive change. I’m Derek Miller, with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.