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Work begins on smart homes for homeless
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Construction has begun on a tiny home to be used as a temporary residence for a homeless person or small family. Pictured, from left, are volunteer workers James Locke, Doug Bost, Matt Colvard, Kenneth Mansell, Gordon Watts, Ken Campbell, Greg Allen and Frank Reynolds. - photo by Bill Zechman

Construction has begun on the first tiny house to provide clean, secure shelter for homeless persons and families in Warren County.

Volunteers from the community started cutting lumber and nailing it together last weekend at the parking lot of Central Church of Christ.

The 240-square-foot house, when finished, will be moved on a large trailer to its permanent location at Prosperity Point just off SR 127 southeast of downtown McMinnville.

Doug Bost, one of the elders of the Central congregation, welcomed volunteers from throughout the area to lend their construction skills and labor in the non-denominational humanitarian project in collaboration with the HOME nonprofit organization.

Bost said there is no definite completion date, but he expects the space-saving, energy-efficient dwelling will be ready in 8 to 10 weeks. Lowes Home Improvement in McMinnville presented the lowest bid for the materials package, creating a substantial cost savings.

Interior decorator Teresa Watts donated her design work, Bost noted, so the finished dwelling will be esthetically pleasing and an asset to the neighborhood.

HOME organizers envision a community of these smart homes — so named because they are creatively engineered to provide the maximum comfort and safety with the smallest practical footprint — built and donated by other churches, civic groups and individual citizens wanting to offer a hand-up to our unsheltered neighbors.

HOME is working to create Prosperity Point, a development for the homeless on land donated by the city of McMinnville. It is the intent to have the residents stay their only temporarily until they can get back on their feet and afford their own housing.