Building Dreams: Over 400 Teens Built Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans
Over 400 students in Sacramento, California used their creativity and compassion to design and build tiny homes for the homeless, which included veterans in need of a new lease on life. The 33rd annual Design/Build Competition and life-changing challenge took place at Cosumnes River College.
The innovative students came from 27 high school and youth build programs to build an array of tiny structures – from tiny houses, sheds, playhouses to agricultural structures for the homeless. In addition to learning how to bring their designs to life, the students also took away some major life lessons. “We are excited about this, we are giving back to our community,” senior Ian Smith told ABC 10.
The students’ structural designs were in the works since December, so you can imagine the buildup of excitement they had to see the outcome. Ultimately, professionals reviewed their designs, which then led to the competition’s kick-off at the beginning of May. The students spent two days building tiny homes.
Several of the students’ tiny homes were reportedly donated to local nonprofits and others sold their structures with the proceeds going toward future school projects or Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. Ultimately, there were 26 tiny homes built at the competition and six of those tiny homes were donated to homeless veterans.