You’ve probably heard about this whole tiny home craze, which if you ask me, is totally insane if you don’t live alone.
There is no one in this world you love enough to be permanently crammed next to in less than 500 square feet, I promise.
This new initiative in Oklahoma, though, is putting the small and affordable housing option to good use – helping former foster kids alleviate the worry of having a roof over their heads while they figure out how to make their own way in the world.
Check out this cute little house!
Some states continue to follow up with foster kids who turn 18 and “age out” of the system. Some even provide college tuition, but that’s not the norm, and things are different everywhere.
There are too many places where they simply fall through the cracks, kicked out into the world with few skills and fewer connections.
The statistics aren’t on their side, either – of kids who aged out at 18, only 50% of them are employed by the time they turn 24.
One of the organizations hoping to change things is Pivot, Inc, out of Oklahoma.
They use their nonprofit’s funding to help build tiny homes – which they keep on the grounds behind their offices – for kids who have aged out.
They provide not only shelter, but therapy, clothing, and life skills like budgeting and cooking, too.
These are skills that not only make them independent, but more employable, too – just having an address, a shower, and a washer and dryer makes finding a job much more likely.
The kids are never turned out, but after the first month, they are expected to make rent payments if they are employed and able.
The project started out slow, but eventually, they hope to have over 80 homes on their campus, available to any former foster kid who needs them.
In a world where kids like these can easily fall through the cracks, this is one way people can make a difference.
More tiny homes for teenagers in need, I say.
Keep on going, folks!