The Village Project | Forage Built Update

Homeless to Homefullness

Forage Built have reached a new milestone — unveiling their first protype of the Calyx-16 at Tasting Australia.

The social enterprise, consisting of Studio Nine Director Andrew Steele, Forage Supply Co founders Scott Rogasch and Justin Westhoff, Zoe Steele of Commercial & General, Tim Pearce of Frame Creative and Carsten Dethlefsen of Proprius Advisory have come together to provide a meaningful change to the problem of homelessness through an innovative, sustainable, and integrated housing solution — named the Calyx Project.

There is a shortage of affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness in South Australia. The Calyx Project aims to create a village where people experiencing homelessness can find safe accommodation and a sense of community.

Unlike other solutions, which include temporary use of motels and share houses, the Calyx offers a personal haven. Designed by Andrew, the single-occupant dwelling is a safe, modular and transportable home within a 16sqm footprint. Each pod sleeps one, with an ensuite, small kitchen, verandah and ample space for storage. Thoughtful, robust and attractive, the highly considered design includes hand selected materials that are cost effective and high-performing. Importantly, the pods will also be carbon neutral.

The solution is focused on community — with the homes designed to exist within a larger village. A village will include a designated pod for an onsite social worker or service provider, as well as a larger communal pod with a kitchen and laundry area, and space for events and skill-based workshops to help transition residents to permanent housing and back into the workforce.

Tasting Australia teamed up with Forage Built and Hutt St Centre as the festival’s exclusive community partners for the next two years, providing a platform to raise awareness through the festival. The prototype is currently on display in Town Square until Sunday 9 May, which has attracted attention from the general public and media (read the CityMag article here), helping to gain important funds to build additional pods.

The project is underpinned by a sustainable business model, drawing on investment from multiple different sources. Three entities are required to come together — a landowner, financier and operator. The Forage Built team are looking to align with forward thinking, socially conscious developers or land owners to explore how their model for future housing could be implemented on sites across the CBD.

Other opportunities to join the movement could be through major funding contributions, or partnerships such as the release of the ‘Forage Built x Yalumba Homefullness Grenache’.

To help the project reach its current target of $80,000, you can also donate to the project directly via the Hutt Street Centre website.

For further information contact Andrew Steele, or visit the prototype for a personal tour with the Forage Built team.