After a short chat about the concept behind the TINY HOUSE project with the Youth Program Manager, Barry McDougal, we decided to join the team of volunteers and installed one of our beautiful Stretch Ceilings there.
The Vernon First Nations Friendship Centre is hoping tiny houses can make a big difference in the lives of at-risk youths. The FNFC has launched a raffle fundraiser to generate funds to build tiny houses for youth at risk of being homeless. The tiny house was build at Allan Brooks Nature Centre to get raffled off at the IPE to generate funds to build more tiny houses.
Barry McDougall, manager of the Kekuli Apartment block owned and operated by the Vernon FNFCS, routinely turns away youth who seek housing and are couch surfing. The Kekuli Apartments house youth between 19-29 years in 20 apartments. “We simply need more housing in this and many other communities across Canada”, says McDougall.
McDougall suggested building one tiny home to raise awareness of the issue and generate revenues to put toward the construction of a 20-unit community village of tiny homes. The 122 friendship centres across Canada have mandates to house First Nations living in Urban settings, which now represent 60 per cent of the Aboriginal population in Canada. The tiny house concept may be part of the answer to create needed housing.
Tickets for the raffle will go on sale once the tiny home is constructed in July over a two week period by volunteer teams of professional builders and workers. It will be on display at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre through the end of August and will be transferred to the IPE fair in Armstrong from Aug 31 – Sep 4, 2016 and raffled off on the last day of the fair.
McDougall encourages those interested in volunteering for build teams; or want to donate financially; or offer materials, to contact him at 250-306-3275 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ….check this clip to get a better idea current stage of the project.