Tiny homes being built for the homeless
TERRACE HEIGHTS, Wash. - Terrace Heights Assembly of God church is the pilot site for tiny homes for the homeless, a project with Transform Yakima Together.
The church will have four homes on site and Transform Yakima Together Executive Director Andy Ferguson said the church gets to decide who they want to help.
"We are working with each church to define the program that they want to offer," he said. "Every church will have the opportunity to decide if they want to work with men or with women or with families."
Pastor Don Foster said they chose to help woman with children.
He said the church members are 100 percent on board and are excited to welcome the families.
"The best place for people that are trying to get ahead is in a community of people who are going to surround them and love them and accept them and help them get back on their feet," he said.
Ferguson said these tiny homes will be 10x20 feet, with mini kitchens, showers, toilets with full plumbing and electrical.
These homes will serve as transitional housing for the homeless and people will stay less than two years.
Ferguson said homelessness is a community issue and they are working to find the best way to solve it.
"Housing is the biggest issue that we have," he said. "If we can get people in housing then they begin to think about what their other options are."
Ferguson said they are working with students from YV-Tech to build the homes.
When new classes start in January, students will begin building as part of their construction program.
They hope to have a family move into the first tiny home sometime in February.
Ferguson said they received a grant from YVCOG for construction and operational funding is coming from community donations.