A first in the nation, the Tiny House Youth Empowerment Village under construction near the Oakland Coliseum will house homeless youth ages 18-25 in 26 brightly-painted wooden houses on wheels.
Only 8-by-10 feet, each little home comes equipped with the basics: a fold-out bed, windows, skylight, storage, heated wooden floors and electricity. Dining facilities, community meeting spaces and bathrooms are communal, interspersed with garden boxes planted with herbs, fruit trees and flowering vines.
Constructed in Habitat for Humanity-style builds by volunteers on land provided by the City of Oakland, the aim for this project run by Youth Spirit Artworks, in partnership with the Housing Consortium of the East Bay, is bold: give homeless young adults a place to build community, learn skills, do art and have a safe place to shelter during COVID-19 for up to two years before they launch into the world.
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