A Progressive Solution to Homelessness

Safe and Affordable Shelter

Private accomodations for up to 125 people, 24/7 security, and a positive learning environment for healing and growth.

A Modern Vocational School

Various workforce and personal development classes from computer programming to life coaching.

A Reliable On-Demand Workforce

All residents are clean, sober, and highly employable. We do not accomodate individuals with severe mental illness or addiction.

Rebuilding the American Dream

Transition Centers provide temporary shelter, work training, and counseling services for up to 6 months for people transitioning through major life changes. They are the perfect solution for helping the homeless or anyone else stuck in poverty, who feels the American dream has passed them by.

In return for free housing, center residents work temporarily on community service projects, as well as, neighborhood watch, and street cleaning programs. Because public safety and wellness is our top priority, we only take in residents who are drug-free, have no history of mental illness, and who are committed to working their way out of a difficult situation.

Transition Centers are just a concept right now, so we need your help in making them a reality! We're currently looking for land in California to launch our pilot and for investors to back the project.



Dome Sweet Dome

Using easy to set-up dome structures, we are able to shelter people in an low-cost, easily scalable, and respectful way.

  • 10 Polypropylene panels
  • 2 hr set-up time
  • Temperature controlled
  • Water and wind resistant
  • Solar powered w/ outlets
  • Lockable
  • Cost: $599

  • Affordable

    Transition Ceneters are 90% cheaper than any other homeless shelter solution and offer the best environment for people who need help getting back on their feet. Nothing else even comes close.

    Scalable

    Transition Centers can be placed temporarily anywhere there is unused land, such as parking lots, under bridges, land awaiting development, and land owned by churches and cities.

    Realistic

    We utilize unused land, offers tax incentives to land owners, and improve neighborhoods through various community service projects, which residents crowdfund and complete.

    My Story

    A year ago, I was crucified by the media for venting my displeasure with the state of homelessness in San Francisco. I was insensitive with my words, but I wasn't wrong in my beliefs that our system fails to address the needs of our community. So in turn, I spent the last year researching solutions to allievate homelessness in America.

    Transition Centers are the brainchild of that journey -- bringing together insights learned from sleeping in homeless encampment's, hundreds of conversations with homeless individuals, and listening to the concerns of the community, who do not want homeless shelters nearby.

    Along with myself, I've gained a lot of great friends and advisors along the way who are equally as passionate about truly ending homelessness in America. We hope you'll join us for the ride.

    -Gregory Gopman

    THE TEAM



    FAQs

    Currently, there is a lack of good options for people who become homeless. Homeless individuals can either choose shelters or the streets --both are poor environments for anyone who wants to regain a stable job and housing. On top of that, it takes weeks before shelter beds open up.

    Inside shelters, everyone is mixed together -- normal people, those suffering substance abuse, the elderly, the mentally ill, you name it. It's basically a holding pen with a lack of privacy, safety, and no sense of community. Everyone in there has different goals, challenges, and the reality is that shelters are ill equipped to help truly people.

    What's missing is a place dedicated for people ready to get back on their feet and start working again. That's what Transition Centers are for.
    To open a center, your community will need three things -- Community Support, Funding ($200k), and land. Once you have all three, a transition center can be built or taken down in under 30 days.
    The center is managed through a combination of our team and residents, who take up critical job functions around the facility. Residents are elected into power at weekly meetings and are paid a stipend for their work.
    There are over a dozen similar homeless villages around the US, but nothing exactly like Transition Centers. This will be the first facility built for the purpose of helping people heal, learning new skills, contributing to the community, and transition back out into the world. With this center, we are bringing together the best practices from multiple different organizations and decades of expereince in similar concepts.
    Community Transition Centers are extreameley affordable, costing under $200,000 for a 100 personal domes, 8 community domes, a computer lab, and all other supplies. Because our structures are temporary and movable, we are able to avoid a lot of major building costs and regulations, which typically make caring for the homeless unaffordable.

    It's around $250/mo per person to run a transition center. Our goal is to get centers running at a zero cost basis by asking residents to pay rent on a sliding scale. Those who can not afford it ($250/month), will be asked to contribute to community service projects, or work in one of the mulitple programs we plan to have on site.
    Transition centers want to be a healthy and happy learning environment for everyone - for its residents and its neighbors. Therefore transition centers are drug and alcohol free zones and residents are required to follow a set of mutually agreed upon standards of behaviors that does not tolerate disruptive behavior, violence or discrimination of any type.

    For our pilot program, we will not be taking in homeless individuals suffering from substance abuse or severe mental illness (roughly 50% of the homeless population). We beleive traditional shelters and respit centers are better preparred for this group.
    Right now, our top locations for the pilot include San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego. As our team is based in San Francisco, most of our efforts have revolved around exploring unused land in the Mission Bay / Dogpatch region. Most of the land below is unused, awaiting development, and will not be touched for some time.

    Transition Centers SF

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