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  • Dave Clevenger

Start Here - Get to know my journey

I am on a journey. A journey to end homelessness using a novel approach. This is the why behind the what.

I started working with the homeless almost 6 years ago. What I learned has changed my outlook on why the problem seems to be growing and the things which are necessary to change it.

Some foundations first:

1) Causes of homelessness are multi-faceted.

2) Solutions to homelessness can be quite simple.

3) The barriers to simple solutions are profound.

4) Encampments are communities- in a negative circumstance.

5) The simplest solution is to replace the negative and instead create a positive community buoyed by work, houses and peer-support. The transformation trio.

6) Well-designed places and spaces, run by caring and capable people, create the atmosphere for simple solutions.

7) Building well-designed places and activating spaces is a complex art. I have built a team which can surgically perform this art from start to finish- Turnkey.

So, I have embarked on a journey to build positive courtyard communities in a turnkey model for any locale willing to take the journey. I call them Pocket Courtyard Communities. They have 3 key elements, termed the Transformation Trio:

1) Safe Places to call home. Small factory-built units built to code similar to manufactured homes.

2) A volunteer or work-based entrepreneurial or blue-collar environment.

3) A peer-support ecosystem. Where people who know each other and this culture, support each other.

Why is it turnkey? Because starting from scratch (or square one) the barriers to achieve community are profound and expertise is required for each.

1) Development Capital is required. Capital stack fundraising expertise is required.

2) Land is needed. That requires knowledge of zoning, brokering, due diligence and assessments, among many other things.

3) Plans and Permits. Design, drafting, submitting scopes, pulling permits, and generally all pre-development work.

4) Site Work. Trenches, pipe, connections, foundations, sidewalks, fire hydrants, electrical scoping, drive surfaces, lighting, etc, etc…

5) Building Units.

6) Placing Units.

7) Finding & Connecting with Clients.

8) Managing Clients

9) Managing & Maintaining Property. Who will collect the rents, fix facilities, and pay bills and issue investor returns?

Now get this.

I know the homeless. I founded a rescue mission 6 years ago. I now lead another also. I have developed and led a capable staff to manage the support of people. We have a lot of success.

I know development. I carpentered when I was young with my stepfather. I have bought and sold real estate. I have successfully pulled permits and hired capable developers.

I know how to fundraise. I have now hired lawyers to begin selling investments under the law.

I know the factory-built units. I designed the initial unit and hired an architect to refine it. They are perfectly sized and equipped for this purpose. We own and operate the factory. (jobs!)

I know how to lead the turnkey ecosystem. I am a former Naval Officer with 22 years and 2 Marine Corps Combat Tours. Leadership in dynamic environments with complex challenges is my training background.

So this is Turnkey! My staff and I can take a bare piece of land, put a well-designed pocket courtyard community in place, manage the clients, manage the asset, and manage the books in any community throughout California and then lead the dynamic change which will result.

Is your community next?

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