Oregon Church Builds 15 Small Homes to Reach Out to the Local Homeless Community

A Portland, Oregon church is reaching out to the homeless community in their neighborhood by building 15 tiny homes on their 11-acre property. Central Church of the Nazarene saw a need and are extending a helping hand.

“The church is in a place in Portland where we’re moving tents off the front step of the church on a regular basis,” Matt Huff, Lead Pastor at Central Church shared with the Christian Post. “We’ve got people camping all over the place. And that’s our neighbors. How do we engage them and love them and not just to kick them out?”

The idea came after Huff visited other churches in the area with similar programs. He hopes to engage other churches in the community with the village by encouraging them to adopt one of the tiny homes. “I’m just asking for them to come and be friends with the people in it,” said Huff. “And then the church can love them and give them socks if they need socks or wish them a happy birthday.”

The tiny community, called Agape Village, will provide transitional housing for the homeless to get back on their feet. Built entirely by volunteers primarily on Fridays and Saturdays, each insulated “sleeping pod” will hold a central common area, a kitchen, bathroom, and shower, as well as solar power batteries to allow residents to charge their cellphones. It won’t have electricity, plumbing or heating.

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Source: Christian Headlines