There is a woman, named Fred, who is currently living homeless in the Hamilton community. I don’t know what brought her to this, or why she has decided that it is safer here than in a shelter, but I thought, lets help her. I also thought, there are others who would feel the same.
As you all know, I have some expertise in the tiny houses, so I went out to the building supply places in the community and did the math. A little bit of money and some elbow grease and we could build her a 4×8 shelter with a door and a lock. I know this is not ideal, by any means, but it is a HUGE improvement over the ten pallets that she has leaned together.
I stopped to speak to her today, and ask her if she would want a tiny house. She said that she would love that. Then I think it was too much for her to hope for and she said that there are a lot of people who are full of shit like me. I guess she has earned the right to be suspicious. I think it is rough for people who don’t have a safe home.
So, I think we should just simply build her one.
Here is the list of NEEDS (tax roughly figured in):
36 2×4’s is about $100.
18 sheets of thin plywood for the inside and outside is about $400,
1 thick sheet of plywood for the floor is about $50.
A keyed entry is about $20.
A 1×4 sheet of steel for the roof is about $50.
A door with a window that opens is about $250 (unless someone has one).
2 bags of insulation are around $100
Plastic vapor barrier is around $30
4 pieces trim for the door (to keep out wind and pests) is about $25.
Unused exterior paint can be picked up from the dump free
Screws, nails, staples about $30
2 pressure treated 4×4 x 10 rails to raise the structure off the ground $30
I think I am pretty spot on with these figures since I went to Rona, Home Depot and Lowes and got the lowest prices. So what I figure is that $1085. would build her a tiny insulated shelter with a locked door.
There are other things that would make this structure more comfortable and livable.
They are light, heat and a bed that can double as a seating area.
A decent solar powered LED shed light about $100
Roughly $650 would buy her a vented propane heater, vent, a propane tank and fuel.
We can build a bed for about $30 and a mattress is about $100.
A shelf, a few hooks, a butane cooker and some canisters about $100
So an additional $980 would get other things that would make her life more comfortable.
This would be a good hard day of work for a 4 or five people. Many hands make light work. People with cordless tools would be most appropriate but you don’t need to have these to be helpful. I am hoping that the funds can be collected and I can find volunteers for the 19th and 20th of December.
Since there are always things that are forgotten and other things come up when you are building, I think that collecting $2K is the goal
The thing is, that even if I can’t get many people to chip in, I will still go ahead and do what I can with the money that I collect. Lets make this happen!
What I am hoping for is something similar to this, but with a flat roof.
Here is the link for this crowd-funded project.
Those who are already following the tiny house movement – that have been wanting to attend a tiny house workshop, here is your chance. It would be nice if you threw $100 toward this cause, if you can attend on the 19th and or 20th of December. This is a lot cheaper than a tiny house workshop, I am not selling anything and you will learn some hands on skills. I am going to frame this up this weekend because I have already collected enough to get this started, so if you want to give a hand then, it would be awesome!