In 2018 we partnered with Settled, an organization working to build tiny homes for people experiencing long-term homelessness. Tiny homes are part of a nationwide movement to address homelessness. They are cost-effective, safe, beautiful and eco-friendly. Plus, they are a great way to love our neighbors!
As a part of our 2018 holiday fundraiser, we raised $25,000 to build Settled’s first prototype of a tiny home. Then, Woodland volunteers pitched in with others to help build the home so that churches and government officials could see the amazing potential this model has for cities.
Construction of this first home enabled Settled to reach many of their goals: successfully using volunteer labor, achieving safety certification, meeting Minnesota climate insulation standards, sticking to their budget and creating a manual for future construction teams to use. This prototype has been making the rounds, inspiring and exciting people, and opening up new solutions to helping those experiencing long-term homelessness.