In our great community of Harlan County, we have a growing problem that requires immediate attention. Harlan County has a growing homeless problem. Our organization provides services for the homeless, but we do not have any temporary housing. To address this problem of homeless housing, Harlan County Community Action Agency (HCCAA) and Christian Outreach with Appalachian People (COAP), Inc. are teaming together to find a solution. Our collective plan is to use the tiny home movement to our advantage and build several under 500 square foot tiny homes for the homeless people to stay in temporarily. While staying in the tiny homes, HCCAA will council the individuals with our three separate homeless programs and strive to find more permanent solutions for their well-being and housing.
Along with the three separate homeless programs HCCAA has to offer, we also have land that the homes can be built on. The land is close to all the services that HCCAA can offer; transportation, meals, and counseling. COAP, Inc. is an affordable housing agency that has served Harlan County for over 33 years. COAP has the experience and the knowledge to design and build tiny homes to meet the state’s building code. COAP will design and construct the tiny homes very energy efficiently to make the management of the homes as inexpensive as possible. After construction, HCCAA will manage the tiny homes and place homeless individuals in those homes while we are transitioning them into permanent housing.
Our collective hopes are to build 5 to 10 tiny homes for the use of transitional housing for the homeless. We have to start somewhere, so we are asking for $25,000 in grant funds and donations to help us building the first tiny home.
So far, we have received the following grant funds and donations and we are very grateful for them.
Private Donations: $1,510.00
CSX Transportation Grant: $1,000