What's to Come in 2019
It’s hard to believe we are already three months into 2019! Despite time flying by, 2019 has already proved to be a productive and exciting year for A Tiny Home for Good. While we continue to work hard on our current developments, we are excited to announce our plans for the rest of the year.
Over the course of the next 10 months, we will be building seven more units across the city! These units will be located on three different properties, including three units on the Northside of Syracuse, and two on the far Westside of the city.
The three new properties were acquired thanks to generous support from the Greater Syracuse Landbank, a great local organization that aims to return vacant and abandoned homes to habitable property. According to their website, the nonprofit flips these properties by “acquiring them, stabilizing them, [and] selling them to responsible buyers for redevelopment.” We are so grateful that Greater Syracuse Landbank has allowed A Tiny Home for Good to use these spaces for our new units!
As always, our hard-working, generous volunteers will be building throughout the year to complete these new projects. However, these tiny homes will be different from previous units. Thanks to suggestions from our current residents, we will be altering the layout of units. Previously, most of our units have been built in a studio-style, with one large room for a kitchen, dining, bedroom space and a separate bathroom. The new layout will transform the space by dividing up the rooms and increase the ceiling height to 10 feet! Now, with a slightly bigger footprint and slightly higher cost, the bedroom (with more closet storage) will have its own space separate from the larger kitchen and living space.
In addition, our builders will be completely air sealing units and using a mechanical air-exchanger. These new changes will help with our energy costs and make units overall more comfortable, especially during the harsh winter months of Syracuse!
Tiny Home for Good hopes to start two of these seven units later this month, and the remaining five in April. As we continue to battle the winter weather, we give our utmost thanks and appreciation to our volunteers and generous donors. We can’t wait to welcome our new tenants and provide them with safe and dignified housing!
By Tara Gordon