Micro homes give Nashville's homeless a head start

Micro homes give Nashville's homeless a head start

Photo via Infinity Village.

A half-dozen hand built tiny houses are the first step in the vision to build a village of micro homes to house Nashville's homeless population.

As reported in USAToday, tiny-home villages for the homeless are meant to offer each resident a space to sleep and find privacy. People who live for months and years inside tents, on benches, under bridges or inside cars, receive a chance to again have a home with a front porch light and a door.

The Green Street Church of Christ is hosting the first six microhomes built from a $50,000 GoFundMe campaign that exceeded $64,982 in 45 days.

 

More than 650 donors and an 11-man construction crew built homes based on a vision from Rev. Jeff Obafemi Carr, who came up with the idea for Infinity Village, the name of the tiny-home community. Carr stayed in the first home for 45 days until the funding goals was met.

The Infinity Village at Green Street Church of Christ is the first development of its kind in Nashville, part of a national trend of homeless housing solutions through micro-home villages. Other examples include Occupy Madison's tiny house community in Wisconsin, Quixote Village in Olympia, Wash., and Community First Village in Austin, Texas.

The 60-square-foot homes cost about $7,500 each to construct and include a folding Murphy bed, a generator to power a mini-refrigerator, a microwave and a heating/air-conditioning unit. There is no bathroom, so residents will have to use public facilities.

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The homes are meant to be a transition from living on the streets to other forms of housing.

The Infinity Fellowship is still raising funds to complete a village of 25 units. Read more and make a donation here.

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