Volunteers Build Individually Designed Houses In Tiny Home Village For The Poor And Homeless

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

One community non-profit in Detroit is combatting homelessness in a unique and beautiful way.

In a video report shared by CBS62 on June 20, 2017, Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) Executive Director Reverend Faith Fowler invites viewers to look at the tiny homes that the organization is building in the notoriously underdeveloped city.

Tiny homes” are technically any home that is under 1,000 square feet. The CCSS homes are all being built between 250 to 400 square feet. The homes are meant for formerly homeless men and women, low-income senior citizens, and student who have aged out of foster care.

The homes are going to operate on a rent-to-buy basis, meaning that the new residents will rent the tiny homes at affordable prices for 7 years and then they will become homeowners.

The homes are being built by a combination of professional contractors and non-professional volunteers of all ages. All but one were built on a formerly vacant lot.

“We’re really excited about it. It’s the only model of its kind in the whole country.” According to Curbed, Detroit’s tiny home village is the only rent-to-own model in the country. Each of the houses is architecturally distinct — no two houses look exactly alike.

In May 2017, CCSS even ran a tour of the homes in order to fundraise and build more of them.

“You live in a shelter, you don’t control anything,” Rev. Fowler said. “The day they move in and get those keys, all of that changes.”

I can’t believe these gorgeous homes are so small! You have to check out the below video and see for yourself.

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