Welcome to Creekside Community
This intentional living community will be a place of healing, comfort, and growth. It will feature safe and secure housing units, gathering areas, gardens, permaculture areas, a park, and a playground.
The units will vary in size to meet the needs of the residents, ranging from studios in multiplex buildings to two-bedroom dwelling units. We plan on adding larger units in future phases of development.
Our Phase 1 fourplex was completed in August 2023 and as residents moved in, it put an end to a combined 50 years of homelessness. The property next door is being prepared for Phase 2 (Creekside North) which will contain a 12-unit multi-family complex with a common room, laundry room, community garden, and a small orchard. We hope to break ground in the spring/summer of 2024.
Plans for Phase 3 include another 12-unit multi-family complex (Creekside South) and a mixed structure with transitional housing and studio apartments (Creekside Center). Creekside Center will also contain a gathering room for events and socializing, an office, and a meeting/classroom where Life Skills & Employment Readiness classes will be offered, and support group meetings will be held.
The property is located next to Whiskey Creek in Brainerd, a town in central Minnesota, and close to the Mississippi River. It is at the edge of town, surrounded by wildlife yet within walking distance to stores and services.
Where are we at in the process?
- Phase 1 fourplex is completed and our first residents moved in on Sept. 1, 2023.
- The land has been cleared and the site is ready to be prepared for both Phases 2 & 3.
- Supportive Friendship classes and our Life Skills and Employment Readiness Courses are being developed with an expected completion date in June 2024.
Help us build homes, build healthy lives, and build community!
We are raising the funds necessary to reach our goal of lifting people out of homelessness and into a safe, affordable home and onto a path toward self-sufficiency. Every donation will be an important step toward making this community of caring a reality.
Do you want to be part of the solution? Please go to our Donate link!
Phase 1 is a fourplex with studio dwelling units for one to three people. While each unit is connected, they very much feel like individual homes.
Plans for Phase 2 (Creekside North) include a 12-unit multi-family structure with a common room, laundry room, community garden, and small orchard. This complex will have ten studio units and two 2-bedroom units, providing housing for 14 to 38 people.
Phase 3 will include another 12-unit multi-family dwelling structure (Creekside South) and a mixed structure (Creekside Center) with three studio units and four transitional housing rooms. Creekside Center will also have a laundry room, gathering room for events and socializing, an office, and a meeting /classroom. Our Life Skills & Employment Readiness course and support group meetings will be held here. The grounds will be landscaped with permaculture and food forest goals in mind and will include a community garden, orchard, park, and playground.
(Plans for Phase Four and home-ownership options are being explored.)
What a happy day it was to finally be able to move our first residents into their new homes! It ended over 50 years of combined homelessness. We still need to raise funds to pay the last of the construction costs – so please help if you are able. Here’s a peek at the interiors…