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CDCR prison partnerships


Micro Home Village Development and Construction

The design and development of each Tiny Home Village is different and tailored to the needs of our clients.  Farmworker H2A housing needs, for example, are different than those of students, and the needs of veterans may be different from homeless individual families.  Micro Home housing, in conjunction with essential wrap-around services uniquely targeted and coordinated to the Village participants is a key value and service provided by R-3 in partnership with local agencies and providers.  This ensures maximum success for Village residents and provides a stable, secure and hopeful environment for all who reside on these campuses.  In all cases, the use of tiny-homes provides one of the most cost-effective and flexible solutions to the market, often at one-fourth to one-half traditional "affordable housing" solutions.

Village Constructs

Our housing villages are based on the premise that community is vital to healthy living and that it is helpful to have as many "essential services" close to the village as much as possible.  Micro home living lends itself naturally to coming out of the home and engaging with neighbors 

Micro Home Village Overview

The interest in Tiny Homes nation-wide and the growing demand for simple, low-cost housing options provides a unique and very affordable opportunity to meets some of the housing crisis needs in our local communities.  Fueled by out-of-site housing costs as well as some of the unique challenges around housing our homeless, ex-prisoners, farmworkers, students and Veterans, in particular, R-3 was developed to help impact this problem with Tiny Home Village solutions.  

Tiny Homes Villages provide a truly affordable housing solution that is accessible to those most in need. Because of the intentional community focus of these Villages and integrating necessary and essential services on the campus, residents are given the peace of mind, security, and stability they need to afford rent and perhaps simply live or maybe recuperate from the hurdles and challenges that limit their economic viability. 

The Micro Home Villages conceived by R-3 are unique.  Each Village is built around promoting community and typically includes:

  • Fixed or transportable housing units of approximately 200-800sf, but which may be customized to specific end-user needs
  • Common community kitchen/dining facilities as well as laundry, training and meeting facilities
  • Recreational landscaped areas to "play" together
  • Integrated micro-enterprise specific to the campus and ideally employing residents
  • Security fencing around the perimeter
  • Complete solar options

Prison Partnerships - A Win-Win-Win Solution

After over five years of planning, designing, collaborating and building, R3 – Rehabilitation, Restoration and Respite has partnered with the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to pilot a tiny home building program at CTF Soledad Prison and Prison Industries in Folsom.  The manufactured homes are designed and constructed to maximize the use of tiny spaces while providing flexibility in size and design to meet the needs of end-users and unique community constraints. 

While CTF has been running a vocational construction program for many years and has in fact built several tiny-homes in the past, the opportunity to now create a program that builds micro homes – multiple models – for helping address some of our most pressing homeless housing needs without having to tear down homes and rebuild them in the prison is a tremendous win for all of us.  The vision has always been around a village of micro homes that incorporates the essential wrap around services as part of the villages and which helps restore the lives of those who have lost hope on the streets and in the prisons.  Our model is a win for all parties, including the end users of our homes:

  • Prisoners who build the units are taught vital construction and trade skills, including electrical, HVAC, framing, plumbing and welding, and in turn have the hope and job skills to find employment when released from prison.  R3, along with willing contractors locally and regionally are anxious to employ the parolees to build ADUs and micro homes in post-prison village settings for use throughout the community.
  • CTF will save tax dollars by receiving building materials on a regular basis from housing orders coming through R3, and additionally will not have to tear down units and rebuild them again, but ideally will have a continuous supply of materials and various design challenges.
  • Communities utilizing the homes in non-profit settings will benefit from the production of the homes at cost and not based on prevailing wages, markups and the like.  The homes will provide a substantial reduction in cost of housing.
  • Prisoners who exit prison and who are housed and employed ideally will not return to prison.  Currently statistics show a recidivism rate of over 60% within three years of existing prison.  WE INTEND TO CHANGE THIS AND SUBSTANTIALLY IMPACT THIS RECIDIVISM RATE!