Carpenters Honored For Building Homeless Housing

A labor of love for Local 1319.

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 1319, was honored at the Tiny Home Village site by county commissioners Debbie O’Malley, Charlene Pyskoty and James Collie. The Union was recognized for their volunteer work building the tiny houses that will be used for transitional housing.

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 Tiny Home Village transitional housing project creates a shared-living environment in which residents who have been experiencing homelessness enter the village to begin living again in a home of their own within a safe and secure community.

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“This was more than volunteering time; this was a labor of love by the carpenters,” says County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. “These men and women stepped up in a challenging time and helped their neighbors, their community and individuals who are experiencing homelessness will benefit from every nail hammered in the project.”

The union worked during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and leveraged their contractor connections to assist with the project. It’s estimated the Carpenters Local Union 1319, though its volunteer work, saved $125,000 in project cost.

The project is scheduled for completion and occupancy by year’s end.