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Building of ‘Tiny Homes’ Underway

06/01/2020
8:53 AM

The building of the 30 ‘tiny homes’ for the Tiny Home Village began today. Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1319 are volunteering their time and expertise to construct the units. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls and roof were custom-produced for the tiny homes. The SIPs are more energy-efficient than traditional construction and have a long-term durability.

“Local 1319 has one of the most active volunteer programs in the region and we are happy to be a part of and contribute to this project,” says Local 1319 president, Rosendo Najar. “Because at the end of the day, we aren’t just building tiny homes, we are building a community.”

“In today’s world more than ever, the coming together of community working toward a common goal is so uplifting and inspiring,” says County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. “We appreciate the generosity of time and skill by the over 55 volunteers with the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters.”

The estimated cost savings to the project because of the carpenters’ volunteer work is about $125,000.

Construction for the Tiny Home Village project is expected to be completed by November 2020. All of the structures will be built to last a minimum of 15 years with a life expectancy of 30-plus years.

The Tiny Home Village total project cost is $4.34 million. The Tiny Home Village will consist of 30 individual 120 sq. ft. homes and a centrally located common building that includes the kitchen, dining, living area and bathrooms. Each tiny home will have a bed, desk and storage space as well as electricity. The benefit of the shared common areas is that it helps to foster socialization and reconnection to others.

“This project is one approach in the continuum of solutions to addressing homelessness,” says Commissioner James M. Collie, who represents District 3, the location of the Tiny Home Village. “The village is an opportunity for residents to obtain stability in their lives.”

The Tiny Home Village project is the first of its kind in the city and state, and brings the transitional housing concept for the unhoused to the Bernalillo County community.

The resident application policy is in the final stages of development and should be completed by the end of July.

More information at www.BernCo.gov/TinyHomeVillage.

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