Last updated: July 16, 2013 (9 months ago)
Listing created on: June 16, 2009

Freedom Village

(Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1998  Established: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Jo Grant
  • Address:

    Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72703
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    All it takes is an email for directions, and just stop by anytime you want.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

To help others find a home.

Community Description:

The basic ideology behind Freedom Village is to help provide suitable housing for those who have none.
Poverty is a manifestation of Slavery in it’s cruelest form.
Freedom Village is dedicated to fighting against poverty. The concept is to establish a community that incorporates both private homes and shared common facilities. One acre home sites will be leased, rented, or sold to members of the community for $1. The idea is to help those who have little or nothing find a home and community where they can feel productive, safe, and loved. This is not going to be some desert property, but arable farmland and woodlands. Idea community members would be newlyweds, retirees, single parents, homeless, hopeless, anyone who wants a home to call their own. There will be about 20 home sites all centered around a common community area, similar to a town square. This Town Square will have a gazebo, sitting area, and a play area and will consist of walking and bike paths. The Town Square is a place to sit and enjoy a book, walk your dog, or let your children play in safety.
In addition to the individual dwellings, there will also be a community building and a dorm-like housing unit. The community building will house a meeting hall, library, loan closet, storage area and kitchen. The purpose of the meeting hall is for public use by members of the community e.g. religious services, birthday parties, community meetings. The dorm building is to be used by visitors and as temporary housing by members while their own houses are under construction.
Outside income is not a requirement at Freedom Village. Any money or outside income you bring with you, belongs to you. If you have no source of income, you are welcome to participate in community projects and share in any income that’s generated. These projects include wool production/weaving, selling of goods and produce at farmer’s markets. We are currently considering the viability of establishing a small country store in area of our community. Such a store would be a gladly welcomed by our country neighbors. I’d personally like to see a county store similar to those of 100 years ago, rather than just another convenience store. Those are plans for the future maybe in a couple of years. Right now we need the people in our community to help make this happen.

Population

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: No formal practices in place, but all beliefs are welcome

    current children are public schooled, but home school is welcome

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: elected community

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 20 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: in the process of purchasing adjacent acreage

    each home site is individually owned

    Ready to expand to 20

Labor and Money

  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: any outside income belongs to the individual, but income from community projects is shared

    everyone contributes to the benefit of the community as a whole, to the best of thier abilities

    $1 for the purchase price of a 1 acre home site

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: decisions like this are left up to the members and are expected to change as new members join

    the trend seems to be shifting towards a more vegetarian diet

    this is up to the individual as long as it does not interfere with other members

    this is up to the individual as long as it does not interfere with other members

Fair Housing Laws

Our community fits the legal definition of “housing for older persons” meaning housing occupied solely by persons 62 years of age or older; or housing in which 80% of the occupied units have at least one person 55 years of age or older, and which meet certain other requirements. Thus we may restrict membership/residency to those of a certain age and may have limits on child membership/residency in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, nationality, religion, sex/gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, creed, appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse., Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.

Keywords

community, homeless, family, retire, lifestyle

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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