One of the world's growing problem is the increasing number of homeless people living in streets. A new movement is initiated by a non-profit group, "Fit for a King Tiny House" whose purpose is to help build tiny houses for the homeless.
The volunteers are hoping that if this first tiny house prototype is successful, the initiative will be launched on a greater scale with the help of the federal government. In their movement in Facebook, they've created an event to invite more volunteers to construct, from scrap lumber and donated materials, a portable tiny house designed for one person.
The construction started on Jan. 15 and will end on Jan. 18. Though the house was not built on a trailer, it can be moved using a flat bed two truck. It was designed to be a temporary abode of homeless people. It is no more than 8 x 12 feet.
William Hamilton, who spearhead the coordination of the entire project, has brought together a team of residents in Charleston who are working with homeless people to build the tiny house.
The original plan was to build the house on a parcel of land owned by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The officials, however, rejected the proposal but a compromise was settled that the construction will be built on Jan. 18 with the team given an approval to use the city-owned land at 342 North Nassau Street.
"On Saturday, Jan 16 and Sunday, Jan 17 afternoon there will be donated materials pickups from local building supply stores," Fit for a King Tiny House posted in its event page in Facebook.
"You'll be able to purchase needed materials we're unable to scavenge or repurpose and we'll load them on a truck and take them directly to the construction site. There will be no need for you to transport them in your vehicle. You make the purchase. We do the rest. We'll also post needs on our Facebook event page," they added.
After completing the tiny house, an exhibit will be held. The house will eventually be studied by city and federal officials as part of the Blue Ribbon Citizens Panel on Homelessness.