Little Blue Cabins - Bancroft, ON, Canada
Proposal for a Cabin Community; to walk alongside the unhoused in Bancroft & surrounding municipalities towards safe/warm housing and a fresh start in life.
LBC in a Nutshell...
These are the questions we get asked the most about Little Blue Cabins, along with the 'short' answers. All of this information can be found in greater detail within this website.
Address and Home for Unhoused:
Crucial!! Without an address, a person has limited access to Social Services, Transportation, Identification, etc
Entire village built with a decking system to make ever cabin and building accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
20 Individual Private Cabins:
Propane heated, microwave, mini fridge, bed, bedding, storage, fire safety equipment, keypad entry, 2 windows, metal door
1 Community Hub Building:
Includes kitchen, showers, washrooms, laundry, computer room, offices, dining and living areas, outdoor living areas
Who Builds It?:
Volunteers, professionals, tradespeople, students, you and I
Who Pays for It?:
Donations, in-kind services, grants, fundraising
Trained, along with 'lived life' experience
Trauma & Crisis Prevention Training:
All staff, volunteers & residents: Provided by Melissa Armstrong Coaching
Just outside of town with BCT transportation
Co-Governed by Housed & Unhoused Advisory Committees:
Residents are part of the planning and operations along with volunteers from the community and LBC staff
Life Building & Enhancing Workshops:
Life skills, computer training, kitchen training, art therapy, music, horticulture, exercise, etc.
Crucial to a 'Fresh Start in Life', helping people make good choices, have a direction and hope for their future, etc
Balanced approach, some in more need than others, some with leadership skills
Unhoused, willing to be part of the Community
Length of Stay:
No limit, expect 3 months to 3 years
Cost of Community Operations:
Approx. $320,000 anually
Cost to House an Unhoused Person:
$14,000 to $21,000
Cost to NOT House an Unhoused Person:
$45,000 to $57,000
This is the most crucial first step to creating Little Blue Cabins. We don't need to 'own' the land, just have a multi-year 'Agreement of Use', with a free lease. (2-3 acres - min 10 yr lease) The land will be technically 'loaned'. Without land-use in place, we can't budget for infrastructure, building, transportation, etc. We have approached the Municipal and Provincial Governments to help us secure land for the LBC Community and are hopeful, but if you know of any land available, just outside of the downtown core of Bancroft, please contact us!