They call it The Sanctuary – a cluster of tiny homes for the homeless. At 6ft X 10ft, it may be hard for the average person to consider this an ideal place to rest your head. But for people who have been sleeping under bridges and on park benches, it’s meeting a big need. These mico-homes in Nashville are part of a growing national trend. A short term solution, to get people off the streets.
It all started back in 2011, when Reverend Jeff Carr drove past The Sanctuary and became curious. At the time the lot owned by the Green Street Church of Christ was populated with a few dozen homeless people living in tents. Rev. Carr saw this and the vision came to him; the idea of creating a tiny home for homeless people living in the Nashville area. So he vowed to live in one himself until he could raise enough money to build more.
Reverend Jeff Carr dreamed up the idea with one of his college fraternity brothers, Dwayne Jones.
Jones owns a construction company and was able to provide many of the resources they needed. They are able to build one 60 square foot home for about $7,500.
Thanks to a GoFundMe page, the pair was able to raise $50,000 in 45 days. That was enough to build six micro-homes for Nashville’s homeless community.
Each house has one door, one window, and a heating and cooling system.
The homes are distributed to the homeless through a random lottery system.