Discover Our Roots

Learn about our mission, beliefs and leadership.

What We Believe

Community Roots Collaborative (C-ROOTS) was formed in 2017. Today it is a group of dedicated community members from all walks of life. We have put our hearts, efforts, and finances on the line in order to make the dream of building affordable tiny homes for our neighbors a reality. The lack of affordable housing has become a health crisis. We feel that in order to achieve a path towards stability and wellness one must have a permanent roof over their head.

We have 3 phases of construction occurring over the next 12 months. We plan to have 21 permanent small homes built and operating by August 2021.

  • Our
    Mission

    Create affordable housing solutions, through small cottage home communities, with integrated support services.

  • Small Cottage
    Style

    Homes will range from 300-550 sq. ft., with space for single residents and families and will be fully self contained with plumbing, electricity, etc.

  • Permanent
    Homes

    Our homes will be PERMANENT, on concreate foundations, in small neighborhoods.

  • Integrated
    Services

    To help break the cyclical challenge of homelessness, our communities will have on-site continuing support services.

Our Team

DAN
WHITELEY

HECTOR
HINOJOSA

CHRIS
THOBABEN

AIDEET
PINEDA

Jaret
Sutherland

Helga
Mattei

Frequently Asked Questions

A tiny home is a home smaller than 600 sq. ft. Our homes will be between 300 and 562 sq. ft. It will have all the essentials – indoor plumbing, kitchen, bathroom, electricity, heat, etc.
No, our homes will be on permanent, concrete foundations, in tiny home neighborhoods.
Absolutely! The different sizes we’ll be offering will create opportunities for single, couple and family units to choose what best fits them.
Currently all homes will be leased to keep prices as low and available to as many people as possible.
Yes! We will have an affordable leasing model in place, so that everyone, regardless of income, will be able to come live in our community!
Community Roots is dedicated to bringing folks from all walks of life to the community. Our primary goal is housing those who are currently without homes or unstably housed. We are also welcoming those who are looking to downsize, can no longer afford the steep rental prices, are just starting out, are older and ready to step down to a smaller house, etc. Blended means we’re giving EVERYBODY the opportunity to move in and share their experiences and help others, creating a true community!
The community will be guided based on principles, values, standards, and criteria of behavior that will guide the decisions, procedures and systems of the community in a way that will contribute to the welfare and the success of each resident and the community as a whole. An ethical code will be agreed upon by each resident.
We will be providing, on site, continued support services such as medical, mental and dental health; education assistance; employment through job training and search; financial planning; rehabilitation assistance and several classes such as food growing, and sustainability, cooking classes and storage, lessons in civics, nutrition, tutoring and multiple classes in arts for children and families.
They do not, but we strongly encourage them to! Advocacy is a big component of our communities and what better way to get to know your neighbors than to explore and participate in some of our offerings.
If you apply for a Community Roots home through our partner, Council for the Homeless, you will be automatically qualified for services. If you’re applying through C-Roots directly, we will help you navigate all of the support systems available and get you lined up with the integrated services which you need or want to take part in.
If you apply for a Community Roots home through our partner, Council for the Homeless, you will be automatically qualified for services. If you’re applying through C-Roots directly, we will help you navigate all of the support systems available and get you lined up with the integrated services which you need or want to take part in.
We are always looking for volunteers! There are plenty of opportunities to help. Visit our Volunteer page or just get in touch with us and let us know what you talents and/or interests are, and we’ll get you plugged in!

Community Roots Collaborative is a 501(c) (3) and over 90% of donations go directly to housing/food for the unsheltered in our community.

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