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Monarch Village

A Studio 804 and Lawrence Community Shelter partnership

On October 15, we unveiled the Monarch Village prototype for a limited socially-distanced and masked audience. Please join us virtually for a tour of the prototype and view the event presentation on the Facebook event page!

The Lawrence Community Shelter (LCS) is raising funds to support the development of Monarch Village, an innovative new addition of 12 “tiny homes,” which will provide safe haven to families as they pass through LCS on their way to permanent housing.

“On our journey towards identifying the right solutions for our guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, what remains clear is what we’ve known all along: homelessness is a public health crisis,” says LCS Executive Director Renee Kuhl. “Shelter and housing are basic needs and important prerequisites for good physical and mental health for all.”

The economic challenges posed by the pandemic mean that the need for access to emergency shelter in our community is only going to increase. This is happening at a time when our capacity to shelter people overnight has been greatly reduced due to the congregate nature of our facility. Less density, social distancing, mask mandates, and daily symptom screenings are the new reality for LCS until a vaccine or viable treatment is made available.

In the midst of this quagmire, University of Kansas Professor Dan Rockhill at Studio 804 reached out to us with a simple question: “How can I help?

The 12 tiny homes he proposed will be installed along the east and south sides of the shelter’s community garden. A new monarch butterfly trail with walkways leads to the 900-square-foot commons area with picnic tables directly north of the garden. The walkways will then continue up to a south side entry into the current shelter structure.

Each 160-square-foot tiny home at Monarch Village will feature a shower, toilet, and kitchenette. The homes will have two sleeping quarters, offering parents and children their own private spaces.

Monarch Village will allow the shelter to maintain its current capacity, while reducing the number of guests sleeping in the dorms, facilitating better social distancing, and thus creating a safer environment in the COVID-19 era … read more

MONARCH VILLAGE AT A GLANCE

  • 12 tiny dwelling units (160 sq ft each) located onsite
  • The units will surround a working vegetable garden and butterfly waystation on an existing half acre of green space on the south side of LCS
  • Provides access to quarantine and isolation for up to 12 households experiencing homelessness
  • Capacity to shelter for up to 48 individual family members, once the need for quarantine and isolation is reduced
  • Construction begins September 2020, with units completed and installed by March 2021
  • Up to 40% of the project costs will be in-kind contributions from Studio 804
  • LCS needs to fundraise $500,000 by the end of 2020 to complete the project on time

To donate, please use the secure form on this page, or feel free to send a check (with “Monarch Village” in the memo line) to: Meghan Bahn, Lawrence Community Shelter, 3655 E. 25th St., Lawrence, KS 66046.

LCS needs to complete its capital campaign by the end of 2020 to finish the project on time.

Will you help?

 

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