The models for the tiny home structure we are exploring include: 1) A model with a permanent foundation and infrastructure investments of water and sewer less than 400 sq ft; 2) A model that is anchored, built on a trailer bed and with differential grid tie-ins to water and utilities (140 square feet, w/ loft and external porch to add space). We can pursue either or both models depending on the bounds and opportunities of the land available through our partners. The homes will incorporate significant sustainable energy up-fitting and creative interior design to make a highly livable, comfortable home space.
With the first installations of these homes, we plan to partner with faith communities to build networks and communities of mutual support with these new neighbors. Just like Pee-Wee, all of the prospective new neighbors have their own unique talents and gifts they can bring to their new community, and likewise, benefit uniquely from attentive, caring support from their new neighbors. We also see participatory governance from the residents as key to the success of the model and plan to build that structure with the residents.
Neighbors living in PeeWee Homes will pay a monthly rent based on a sliding scale not to exceed 30% of their income. Within each monthly rent payment will be an equity-building deposit held in escrow for the renter – to eventually use as a cushion in emergencies or to transition to their next home. In addition to building equity for the tenant, rental payments will help to perpetuate the model and provide for maintenance costs to ensure that dwellings remain high-quality, safe places to call home.
“You’ve got people who’ve got low income, people on fixed income, older people, homeless people, people that are handicapped, they need a place to go. Most of them want to get off the street. That’s what I’d like to see, someone they can go and call their own.” — Nathaniel Lee, Pee Wee Homes Resident, and Founding Board Member.
“This is going to be yet another small miracle that happens in Chapel Hill… Unless [there is] safe accessible affordable housing, trying to infuse quality of life is just so incredibly hard. This is the foundation in which communities are made.” — Pat Sprigg, President and CEO of Carol Woods Retirement Community
“The Pee Wee homes on Craig Street have been a great addition to the neighborhood and the residents have become an active and essential part of this community. It is exciting to see rental housing that is this affordable and this is also the best use of a challenging lot that we have worked to figure out for over a year.” — Kathy Atwater, MCJC Community Advocacy Specialist