Sacramento like many large cities has a growing homelessness problem, but for some disabled veterans a group of teens has stepped up to build tiny homes.
The teens began to build these tiny homes on Wednesday and is part of a two-day competition. This competition is held each year because of the support of the Sacramento Regional Builders Education Foundation of Cosumnes River College, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Over 200 students gathered on Wednesday to build 68-square foot tiny homes with building supplies and tools that were provided by the foundation. There are 15 teams competing. Four of the teams are made up of high school students from youth groups and area high schools that will build tiny houses for homeless veterans while the other groups are busy building sheds. By 8 a.m. the students were already busy cutting wood and nailing up plywood.
Mario Carranza, a student at Linden High School, told local media that he was learning a lot at the event, but what was most important was they were making a difference in the lives of homeless people.
The Sacramento Regional Builders Education Foundation’s annual competition is held to help introduce students to the career choice of construction.
Jordan Blair, the foundation’s executive director, said that the competition is a fun and inspiring opportunity for high school students to get up close and personal knowledge about how it would feel to be part of the construction industry.
When completed three of the tiny houses will be given to Kavanah, which is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing services to veterans. The students will build the exterior and then the nonprofit will bring in a team of workers to complete the interior. Then the tiny homes that the teens helped build will be moved to an area chosen by area churches.
Jim Quashnick, the president of Kavanah, told reporters that it was incredible to see teens care about helping the homeless. He adds that the houses usually cost just under $6,000 to build. Quashnick adds that the veterans that move into the tiny homes will pay $58 a month in rent, reports Veterans Linked Local Network.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has made homelessness a priority and Kavanah has been very supportive, but the city needs money to help combat it properly.
Quashnick says that the mayor is working hard to combat homelessness, but things need to happen much faster.
In April, Mayor Steinberg shared his plan to allow community organizations and churches to house up to 20 people who are homeless in its neighborhood. The mayor also made homeless individuals a priority when it came to getting federal housing vouchers.
Though the tiny houses that the teens build will be an immense help Sacramento has a long way to go to beat its homelessness issue. What do you think about this effort to assist homeless? Would you be willing to help build a tiny house for someone in need? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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