Welcome Assistant Director, Ka’Tiera Truett!

June 13, 2023News, Uncategorized

We are so excited to welcome Ka’Tiera Truett as our new Assistant Director for Resident Support. Ka’Tiera joined us in April 2023 and will be focused on partnering with each resident to assess their housing-related needs and challenges. She is from a small town in North Carolina called Creedmoor. She attended Pembroke University and received her bachelors in Sociology and Nonprofit Leadership.

Ka’Tiera has worked in the social work field since she graduated college in 2014. She has over 11 years of working with individuals experiencing homelessness. She has always had a passion to help others. Her dream since she was younger was to build an affordable tiny home community with a community garden where everyone could engage and feel like family. Ka’Tiera is excited to begin this new journey with Pee Wee Home and looks forward to connecting with many in the community. 

Ka’Tiera enjoys gardening, being outside, cooking and supporting moms who are having babies as their doula.  She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and her three dogs.

Dignified Doors: A response to residents’ needs

January 30, 2023News, Special Projects

Dignified Doors:
A response to residents’ needs

By: Maggie Simonds (Program Intern)

In the early spring of 2022, a blossoming relationship between Pee Wee Homes and local foundation, Healthier, Greener, Kinder, was forming. Almost simultaneously, a request for screen doors from residents emerged, and the “Dignified Doors” project was born. The purpose of Dignified Doors is to provide residents with another source of natural light, air circulation, and social connectedness to neighbors and community members. The project is intended to promote resident engagement with their outdoor space and connection to community. When asked about the new updates, Pee Wee Homes resident Smalls (pictured right) shared the following reflection:

Smalls relaxes in his new rocking chair on the front porch of his Pee Wee Home

“I love my new chair and relaxing on the porch, it’s so comfortable!”

Volunteer Engagement

The project would not have been a success without the help of numerous volunteers from UNC, the Orange County community, and beyond. Volunteers installed 5 dual-functioning storm doors with screens to provide all Pee Wee Homes residents with increased access to fresh air, natural light, and visibility. A fresh coat of paint for the doors and surrounding trim was put up, and sustainable, durable porch furniture was assembled to provide residents a comfortable place to enjoy their newly renovated porches! Residents were able to choose which style chair best suited their needs, some chose rocking chairs, while others chose more traditional chairs. Now all Pee Wee Homes residents have freshly painted entryways, functional screen doors, and porch furniture to enjoy for years to come! Already, residents have been sharing the enjoyment and comfort they feel in the newly renovated space.

Healthier, Greener, Kinder Foundation

We look forward to many more years of partnership with the Healthier, Greener, Kinder Foundation. To read more about the foundation that made this work possible, please visit their website by clicking their logo.

Interested in supporting future initiatives? Consider volunteering or making a donation!
Contact us at info@peeweehomes.org.

PWH Welcomes Divinity Intern

November 7, 2022News

We’re excited to introduce the Pee Wee Homes community to Laura Batts, Graduate Intern from Duke Divinity School!

Laura is a Master of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School. She joined us in September 2022 and will be focused on connecting with faith communities in Chapel Hill that are interested in affordable housing. Laura is originally from central Indiana from a small town called Clayton. She attended Anderson University (IN) and received her bachelors in Christian Ministries and Mathematics. Laura enjoys being outside, drinking coffee, and being creative in various arts, crafts, and DIY projects. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family in the Triangle area, including her fiancé, Sam, (they will be married in June of 2023). After graduation, Laura intends to continue pursuing community oriented and creative ministry.

Laura Batts

Spring 2022 Newsletter!

March 21, 2022News

Our Spring 2022 Newsletter is out!

Here’s what’s inside:

  • PWH Native Garden Days
  • Keepin’ it 100
  • Mitchell Lane Update
  • Abundance Report featuring grants from Northside Neighborhood Initiative, Triangle Community Foundation, New Hope Audubon Society, and more!

Check out past newsletters:

PWH Welcomes New Staff

November 29, 2021Uncategorized

Please join us in welcoming two new staff: Program Director, Erika Walker, and Graduate Intern, Maggie Simonds!

Erika Walker
Maggie Simonds

Erika joined Pee Wee Homes in September 2021 bringing over 11 years of project and program management experience across international development, higher education, racial justice, public health, reproductive justice, refugee resettlement and nonprofit management. She has an MPA from the UNC School of Government. Having called Carrboro and Chapel Hill home for 8 years, she is excited to return to the community where she was born and build deeper connections with her neighbors. Erika enjoys gardening, hiking, singing and running, but mostly having good food and good laughs with the people she loves. She and her partner have a goofy 1-year-old and a goofier adopted rottweiler mix.

Maggie is an MPH student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Nutrition and Dietetics concentration. She joined us in November 2021 and will support Pee Wee Homes to create a meaningful community for residents, neighbors, and others in Chapel Hill. Maggie is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Health Science. She moved to North Carolina from Portland, Maine where she worked as a FoodCorps service member teaching elementary-age students cooking and food justice-based lessons while helping to build a school garden. Outside of class, Maggie is passionate about cooking, running, and skiing. In the future, she hopes to continue community-based work and use her degree to work in school food.

Support Pee Wee Homes on Hill Street!

September 27, 2021News
Architectural renderings of 3 tiny homes on green lot with small gazebo
Proposed homes on Hill Street

We need your help to build three new affordable tiny homes on Hill Street in Carrboro. These homes will provide much needed private, permanent and dignified housing to our community members who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity. The Carrboro Town Council is meeting on September 28 at 7:00pm to discuss and hear public comments on our proposal to rezone the lot to allow construction of these extremely affordable homes. We are asking YOU, our beloved supporters, to speak up and let Council know that we are a welcoming community – that all of us deserve safe, affordable housing.

You can find out more about the project by reading this community letter of support. You can also show your support by:

  1. Signing onto the letter and adding comments.
  2. Writing to Carrboro Town Council at publiccomment@townofcarrboro.org.
  3. Calling  919-918-7309 to submit comments.
  4. Attending meeting by requesting the Zoom link at publiccomment@townofcarrboro.org or 919-918-7309.

All comments must be submitted 24 hours in advance meaning by 7:00pm on September 27!

Hello world!

December 16, 2015Uncategorized

We are asking YOU to help us raise the final $30,000 needed toward our first community by 1/1/17 —Three homes, three lives, and the possibility of sparking a movement that would help alleviate the desperate need for affordable, sustainable housing in our area and throughout the US.


Pee-Wee is 72 years old, has lived in Chapel Hill his whole life. —  He was a skilled brick mason for decades . Building dozens of the brick buildings we see to this day in our community. After suffering a stroke in 1995, he lost his ability to walk and speak temporarily and his acute motor control – leaving him unable to practice his trade. Without steady income, he could not afford a home in Orange County and was homeless on and off for over a decade – sleeping in the woods for much of this period.

He encountered what many of us have come to know as the affordable housing crisis in our Orange County. Thankfully, Pee-Wee is now housed in one of the very few homes in our community affordable with his fixed income of $750 per month.  But the problem lives on. He built this community, literally, and yet can barely afford to live here in his retirement. The struggle of his search for housing in many ways inspired the launch of this movement.


There are nearly 5,000 extremely low-income families in Orange County with unmet housing needs. Pee Wee Homes has come together to be a part of the answer to this glaring call for affordable housing in our community. Homes that individuals with fixed income like Pee-Wee can afford; homes that allow elderly homeless individuals to age in place; homes that a single individual earning minimum wage can afford; and, importantly, homes that support independence within the context of community.


Homes: Homes that are beautiful, accessible, and under 450 square feet. Homes for people without housing.

Community: building communities of mutual support with these new neighbors is vital to our two-part solution– not only do more people need housing in our community, but they need access to resources and support that will help keep them housed.

Equity: Residents of PeeWEE homes will pay no more than 30% of their income for their home each month.  Monthly payments will cover their rent and include a portion that get’s tucked away in a savings account for them!


We’ve already raised $100,000, and we only need $30,000 more to fund our first 3 homes!

We are asking YOU to help us raise the final $30,000 toward our first community– three homes, three lives, and the possibility of sparking a movement to help alleviate the desperate need for affordable, sustainable housing in our area and throughout the US.