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February 2017 Entry

A Tiny Home for the Homeless

Andrew Lunetta
Syracuse · New York
Overview
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For individuals facing homelessness, housing that is affordable, safe, and dignified is practically non-existent. Rife with code violations and harboring an unsafe atmosphere, the substandard housing that does exist does not foster long-term stability and often results in individuals moving back the shelters or outside. A Tiny Home for Good exists to build housing that provides an individual with a stable foundation capable of fostering long-term stability and success. Crucial to the housing is a warm and inviting environment. Each home comes fully furnished and each resident is connected with a care manager. It is our belief that safe and dignified housing will result in better outcomes for individuals facing homelessness.

How will you use the $10k?

A Tiny Home for Good will begin construction on seven tiny homes in early March of 2017. Once completed in May of 2017, the homes will be rented to individuals facing homelessness on a sliding scale based on residents' income. In an effort to provide housing that is dignified and support long-term stability, each home will come fully furnished. Furniture includes a bed and a mattress, a nightstand and lamp, a dresser, a full kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave, a drop-leaf table, two kitchen chairs, and a recliner. Support from the Kind Foundation will provide the resources to purchase the brand new furniture for each resident.

What impact do you hope to make?

With prolonged stays in shelters, to short-term housing in substandard apartments, to occasional visits to the ER, transiency is the norm for those facing homelessness. And environments that promote long-term stability are few and far between resulting in long cycles of homelessness. Through the provision of housing that is affordable, safe, and dignified, A Tiny Home for Good hopes to foster the stability necessary to overcome homelessness. With a permanent address our residents no longer need to worry about where they will sleep each night, but instead, how they can best be a part of our community.

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Construction of the seven homes will begin in March of 2017. Furniture purchase, assembly, and placement will occur in mid-May. Residents will move into the homes on June 1, 2017.

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