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Tiny homes project picking up steam in Bozeman

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A collection of tiny homes that could help house homeless people in Bozeman is picking up steam.

The idea looks to house people who cannot afford homes in Bozeman, where property values have skyrocketed in recent years. The tiny homes project was was created by the St. James Episcopal Church, Montana State University and the nonprofit Human Resource Development Council.

Currently, at least 100 people are homeless in Bozeman on a given night, according to the HRDC. Those numbers may not include people who are couch-surfing.

The new housing community will consist of 30 to 50 tiny homes and a resource hub. Each tiny home will cost about $10,000-$12.000 to make and the total cost for the project will run around $7 million. The homes would consist of a bed, shower, toilet, mini fridge and microwave.

“This is an outside of the box solution that would create an opportunity for folks to have access to housing in less traditional means that will hopefully set them on a path to self-sufficiency," said Heather Grenier, President and CEO of HRDC.

Grenier also said that they have potential land for the tiny homes, but they cannot give a location quite yet due to the fact they need to be able to see if it can hold 30-50 homes.

The Housing First Village project is also accepting online donations. Learn more about the project here.

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