Join 800 volunteers (so far!) in building the nation’s first Youth Tiny House Village
In January 2016, youth at YSA initiated a community organizing campaign to build a Youth Tiny House Village in the San Francisco East Bay. As of fall 2019, we’ve built 14 beautiful, youth-designed houses with the help of over 800 volunteers in Habitat-for-Humanity style builds. We’re working in partnership with non-profit developer Housing Consortium of the East Bay and the local interfaith community to complete a multi-face, community-led Village that is designed by the young people it will benefit. The completed Village will feature:
- 26 secure 8′ x 10′ Tiny Houses with
- Murphy beds
- heated floors
- On-site, clean communal bathrooms and showers
- A kitchen yurt for residents to cook weekly communal meals and securely store their own food
- Community gathering space for meetings
- Associated jobs training program through YSA
- Associated social services through YSA
- Restorative justice covenant and community process
- On-site Resident Assistants who live in the community
We are actively recruiting members of our community to support us with advocacy, fundraising, and building at our Habitat for Humanity-style builds.
The Youth Housing Crisis
The Tiny House Village project was initiated by young people in YSA’s programs in response to the crisis of affordable and accessible housing. There are 1,700 homeless young people in Alameda County, and 36 youth designated beds in shelters and affordable housing. Young people facing housing instability have overwhelming experienced abuse and neglect, mental and physical health obstacles, and lack access to public resources.
Youth Spirit Artworks’ first 14 unit phase of the Tiny House Village Project will increase the number of youth designated beds in the county by almost 40%.
The Tiny House prototype, unveiled in 2017, was designed and build by 6 Youth Leaders working with local architects, design students, and contractors. In 2019, we need your help to complete the Village.
The Tiny House Village is an interfaith project, working with community leaders like Congregation Beth El, First Church of Berkeley, Kehilla, St. Alban’s, All Souls’, Shiloh Baptist Church, and over 25 more congregations. We are continuously grateful for the religious community’s values of justice, advocacy, and service work for the most vulnerable members of our communities.
One way for congregations to get involved is through the Adopt-A-Tiny-House Program, in which religious congregations and other organizations are individually and as groups pledging to help support completion of a Tiny House. Signing up to be part of the Adopt-A-Tiny-House program, congregations have the option to contribute financially, to organize congregation volunteers to assist with construction, or to contribute to both.
To get your congregation involved, or for more information about the Adopt-A-Tiny-House Program, email us.
100 Homes for 100 Homeless Youth
Our work to build housing for at-risk youth doesn’t stop with the Tiny House Village. Youth Spirit is engaged in a ten-year community organizing campaign, responding to the dire need for youth housing, to create “100 Homes for Homeless Youth” in San Francisco’s East Bay. In the next ten years, YSA youth’s plan is to create:
- 25 Youth Tiny Houses
- 25 beds in a total of five rented or purchased “co-op” houses
- 50 new, dedicated units of youth housing as part of a larger affordable housing project.
We’re seeking folks with construction experience to volunteer as build leaders this spring. We’re also seeking people of all ages and abilities to help at our fall Build Days. If you would like to be involved with advocacy, please consider committee membership to get involved with the planning and outreach for our tiny house village. To volunteer with Tiny House Village, please click here.
If you would like to donate to the Tiny House Village, please click here and scroll down to “Tiny House Village.”