Tiny Houses For Homeless Americans
Organized by: John Spruill
Tiny Houses For Homeless Americans: A fundraiser focused on building a "tiny house" for a homeless American in need. Concurrently when the initial fundraiser is successful, use it as a model to create a Non-Profit that donates tiny houses to homeless Americans. We believe increasing awareness regarding the current situation of the at least 500,000 homeless Americans is a crucial responsibly. We also hope the project will increase awareness and dialogue about: sustainability, sustainable construction, green building options, standards of living, the lack of correlation between square footage and "happiness", and how spending can be put to better use for America's homeless.
"What is a tiny house?" There is a wealth of information on the phenomenon of tiny houses available online. From videos of construction, to conversations regarding alternative housing as an option in opposition to 30 year mortgages. We encourage everyone to research this movement and increase dialogue about the housing issues facing our country. A tiny house is typically a minimal square footage home, either on a trailer or foundation. That is built with typical home construction building methods, and provides the same amenities as any American home.
With the Tiny Houses For Homeless Americans fundraiser we intend to build an approximately 175 square foot home on an eighteen foot trailer, and donate the tiny home to a homeless American. The house will have a full kitchen and bathroom. A living area, a work area, and everything someone needs to live by standards most of us would consider a given. We will be using sustainable/green building materials whenever possible. We will be building the house with multiple and redundant power options, including solar. We intend to use non-toxic building materials across the entire house. Even the seals on most prefinished hardwood floors contain toxic chemicals, and many homeless are disabled due to health reasons. We intend to build a home that will last more than a lifetime and hopefully increase the lifespan of its owner.
There are at least 500,000 homeless Americans at any given time. Some people would estimate that number to be much higher. There are many misconceptions about the homeless population and the reasons many of them are in their current situation. There are at least 50,000 homeless veterans. Most of which suffer from, and in many cases extreme, physical and/or mental disabilities due to service in the United States Armed Forces. Approximately 40% of homeless suffer from disabilities, and those are just the diagnosed cases. Homeless families comprise roughly 34% of the homeless population. Of which, 84% are headed by single mothers. 53% of homeless mothers have no high school diploma. With domestic violence being a principal contributor in most cases of homeless single mother families. A report in 2014 found that 1 in every 30 American children was homeless at some point in that year. That's about 2.5 million children. These are a very small portion of the numbers available to the public. From this small sample we evidently see that most homeless are not there because they are lazy, because they are drug addicts, or because they have given up. In the most prosperous country in the history of the world surely something more can be done to help our fellow Americans that just need the opportunity or break to get ahead, to help themselves and their families. Surely we can do better.
Our goal to change someone's life forever is $30,000. A number some of us would spend on a kitchen and bathroom remodel. The same amount many Americans spend on a new car, could give a needy individual a home for the rest of their lives. We believe with hitting our goal, we could create a sustainable, green, well built, and most importantly livable and comfortable house for one homeless American. This initial fundraiser is for a single person home. In the future we intend to build tiny houses for homeless families as well. We also plan to try other unconventional housing builds such as bus conversions, to place other homeless Americans in their own home.
We would sincerely like to thank everyone for their interest. Thank you in advance for any and all donations. Help us change a life! Once our goal is reached we will be posting progress and info of the build, and the tiny house when finished on our Facebook page. Please "like" our facebook page www.facebook.com/tinyhousesforhomelessamericans . We appreciate anything you can do to further the cause or help others to know about this fundraiser.