“In the spirit of changing the landscape of Tulare County for the better forever, I ask the Central Valley community to trust Salt + Light by supporting us and allowing us to continue this important work of creating a new proven model of homelessness. Said Adrianne Hillman, Founder and CEO of Salt + Light.
Over the past decade, many residents of Tulare County have grown increasingly frustrated with the homelessness crisis in Tulare County. It was this shared frustration that prompted Hillman to found Salt + Light in 2019. After visiting Austin, TX and seeing Community First! Village work, Hillman was inspired to start working on a similar project here that offers homeless people respect and privacy while supporting them with resources and providing them with opportunities to be productive members of their own. community.
His vision culminated with The Neighborhood Village, a 52 unit planned, permanent supportive housing community designed to lift our homeless neighbors off the streets of Tulare County. The village, the first of its kind in California, will be located on 6.5 acres next to Self-Help Enterprises’ Sequoia Commons multi-family housing project, the first phase of which opened in 2020, on Route 76 and the avenue 310 south of avenue Florence in Goshen, adjacent to the town of Visalia.
The 11-by-30-foot mobile homes will be primarily one-bedroom, with a few two-bedroom units, and will include a kitchen, washroom, laundry room, and bedroom. The project is expected to begin construction in April 2022 with a move-in date of November 2022.
The vision behind Salt + Light is exemplified in Father Greg Boyle’s Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Like Salt + Light, Homeboy Industries creates healing and hope through determined work and kinship in the community. As the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and reintegration program, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members and criminals in a range of social enterprises, and provides essential services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors. every year in search of a better life.
In addition to their impressive lineup of social enterprises which include Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Cafe, and Homeboy Recycling and E-Waste, the organization is also working on transitional housing for its many homeless employees and customers.
“Gangs are the places kids go when they find out their life is misery, and misery loves company,” Father Boyle said. “These are kids who can’t imagine their future, so they’re planning their funerals. Hope is essential. No one has ever met a hopeful kid who joined a gang.
Like Father Greg, Hillman also believes hope is essential. Providing dignity and care in a community setting is how she believes she can make a difference, and she calls on the residents of Tulare County to support them in joining the movement.