A Tiny House EcoVillage for the Homeless

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The YouthBuild Program in collaboration with the Alternative Energy Program at New Market Skills Center are busy building a so called Tiny House EcoVillage, which will consist of three 70 square foot tiny mobile sleeping units, and 30 larger, permanent tiny houses. These will be placed in Quixote Village, which is part of Olympia, WA’s Camp Quixote, also known as Olympia’s Homeless Tent City.

The tiny houses the students of the South Sound YouthBuild Program are building will be powered by the Alternative Energy Program’s mobile solar power station. Once complete, the tiny homes will be offered to the local homeless. The 1.6-acre land on which the Tiny House EcoVillage is being build was donated to the project by Thurston County. The aim of the project is to provide transitional housing for the homeless, and act as a springboard for getting their lives back on track. To this end, the village will also provide a communal kitchen, a resource center, a laundry, as well as shower and bathroom facilities.

The thirty tiny homes in the village will measure from 120 to 200 square feet, with exterior measurements of 7′ by 14′ and a 4-foot porch at the front. Each of these tiny houses will costs $5,000 or less to build. All the tiny homes will be fully insulated and heated. Since they are meant primarily as sleeping units, they will also be equipped with a single power outlet and one light.

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The 30 non-mobile homes in the village will be built using the winning designs from the 2010 Homeless Housing Design competition. The New Market Skills Center also designed their own version of a tiny house, which measure only 70 square feet and will be built on a 10,000 lbs. dual axle trailer, so that it can be moved around at need.


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