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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Sanctuary Village?

Welcome to Sanctuary Village, where hope finds a home. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization representing a beacon of change for people who are experiencing chronic homelessness in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Established in 2019, Sanctuary Village is fully committed to creating the first Tiny House village in the Region, providing transitional housing and critical support services within a context of community partnership, and personal empowerment and agency.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To provide people without housing with transitional Tiny Houses within communities of care, advocacy, and equitable access to resources to empower their life choices.

A world in which all people have equitable access to supportive community, safe housing, and resources to meet basic human needs, with the agency to create their best life with dignity and acceptance.

Who is supporting Sanctuary Village?

Sanctuary Village is profoundly grateful for the generous support of area foundations, corporations, religious organizations, and individual donors, who have rallied with us to raise over $1M to date in support of our critically important mission. We also appreciate the extraordinary support from our growing list of community partners who are aligned with our mission to serve the needs of those who are unhoused. Our dedicated Board of Directors, guiding Sanctuary Village with passion and purpose, represents a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including those with lived experience as people without housing.


We invite you to become a part of the Sanctuary Village family: consider sharing your time, talents, or making a financial donation to help us reach our fundraising goals. Together, we have the power to forge a comprehensive network of support services and creative housing solutions to combat the homelessness crisis. Restoring dignity and hope isn't just a mission; it's a shared journey that benefits every single person in our community.

Why did Sanctuary Village choose this particular housing model?

With our mission in mind, and an unwavering sense of purpose, Sanctuary Village undertook a detailed study of Tiny House villages across the country to gather data on various transitional housing models. In addition to being cost efficient, many of the models have demonstrated strong positive outcomes on residents’ lives, including helping residents transition to permanent housing. We developed our Tiny House village plan based on the many lessons learned from those villages.

What are the details of Sanctuary Village’s first Tiny House village?

Where is the Tiny House village?

Our first planned site would include hosing for at least 12 individuals. Sanctuary Village is actively looking for the best site where to build our first village.

We hope to expand upon this initial pilot project through the development of other Tiny House villages in the future. Like certain other Tiny House communities across the country, our portable house design allows for flexibility, to accommodate growth and relocation as needed.

What are the features of the Tiny Houses?

Our Tiny Houses are designed to be 8’ wide X 12’ long, plus a 4’ X 8’ front porch. Each house will have electricity, heat, and air conditioning, as well as a unique lock to help residents feel secure in their new homes. In addition, each house may include amenities such as the following (actual items may vary):


  • Bed, desk, and chair

  • Foot locker, under-bed storage, and open closet

  • Trash basket

  • Curtains and linens

  • Lighting

  • Fire extinguisher

What other facilities will be part of the village?

The current plan is for residents to share a communal kitchen, dining area, bathrooms, laundry facility, television room, and meeting space. This communal building also will include the case management office. We also plan to install a community garden, walkways, and other outdoor amenities to enhance residents’ quality of life.

What services will be available to residents of the village?

In addition to transitional housing, regular meals, and emergency supplies, Sanctuary Village will offer residents the following supportive programs at the planned village:


  • A coordinated and individualized approach to assessment, case management, and service planning

  • Engagement services that facilitate residents’ acceptance and use of needed community services including
    drug/alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, medical treatment, legal assistance, and job and vocational training

  • Access to life skills training, financial literacy classes, health education, peer support and 12-step recovery groups

  • Opportunities for leadership and peer support through a community committee comprised of participants

Is there a contract that residents must sign?

Yes. Tiny House residents will sign a Resident Code of Conduct contract which includes commitments to nonviolence and maintaining a drug/alcohol-free presence, among other requirements. Any breach of the contract may result in residents being asked to leave the village.

What will governance look like at the Tiny House village?

Our Tiny House residents will have the opportunity to help shape their community culture and policies through group meetings and leadership opportunities. Residents also will be empowered to make individualized choices as they work towards permanent housing. Having residents involved in governance, self responsibility, and self-directed goal setting has proven highly successful in other Tiny House villages across the country, and helps each person develop the tools necessary for managing their lives through empowerment and self-determination.

Will residents pay rent?

No rent is required, but for those who have jobs or other resources, contributions from their resources will be 


Will there be staff on site?

Yes. There will be staff on site at all times to support the needs of residents. Additionally, case managers will report on a regular basis to Sanctuary Village staff to share updates on resident activities and plans.

How Can I Support Sanctuary Village’s work?

  • Can I make an online donation?

Yes! We encourage and value any financial support you can give us. Visit our DONATE page on our website, where you may make a donation to support our work.


  • Are there other ways to support Sanctuary Village?

​Yes! Sanctuary Village welcomes volunteers to support our important work. In addition, we welcome your participation in fundraising events throughout the year whether as a volunteer or donor. Importantly, we also are in the midst of raising additional funds to support Sanctuary Village and our Tiny House initiatives. This includes building our volunteer committees, as well as offering commemorative recognition and other donor opportunities.

For more information about how you might get involved, sign up here and we will reach out to you.

  • I would like to stay current on Sanctuary Village’s progress. Do you have a mailing list?

Sign up here for our periodic newsletter and other updates.

  • Where can I find more information about the problem of lack of housing?

Here is a site that provides helpful information:

  • Who can I contact at Sanctuary Village for more specific information?

Visit our CONTACT page on our website.

Thank you for helping make Sanctuary Village a reality!

Sanctuary Village is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The official registration and financial information of Sanctuary Village may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1(800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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