Tiny Home Community
Homelessness and lack of housing stability are significant challenges faced by the youth Pivot serves. We're not going to sit on the sidelines – we’re in the game, taking the lead for our community.
In late April, Impact Oklahoma awarded Pivot one of their coveted $100,000 impact grants to begin building a community of tiny homes for the young people we serve. Pivot's Tiny Home Community will address the lack of safe, transitional living space for teens and young adults living on their own without parental support, having aged out of Oklahoma's foster care system, or experienced involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.
Pivot is embarking on phase one of our Tiny Home Community. Each home will be complete with a bed, small kitchen and a bathroom. The tiny home community will serve youth primarily between the ages of 16-19. Our ultimate vision is a community of 84 homes on our campus.
The team at Pivot continues to be astounded by the interest in and commitment to our tiny home project. We’ve had countless professionals volunteer their expertise, and numerous companies have donated services and product to ensure youth have a safe place to live and thrive.
Pivot is currently working with Oklahoma City on permits for the first three tiny homes. We look forward to honoring our commitment to Impact Oklahoma and having these homes ready for youth to move into by March 31.
To get us to this point, it’s important you know who makes up #teamtiny. Our fearless leader, Richard McKown, Ideal Homes & City Center Development, saw our vision following a tour and helped us transition our vision and plan to reality. Marcus Ude, Universal Development Enterprise, is acting as our general contractor for this first part of our project. The team is completed by Bryan W. Richards, P.E., CFM, BWR Design Group, LLC; William Silk, A.I.A. - Principal, Architecture ConneXion + Consulting LLC; Michelle Wunder, Rebuilding Together; Barbara Young, Manager of Construction Services, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores; Betty Lee, Betty Lee Custom Homes; and Nichole Snow, Cambria USA.
Each tiny home will have its own team lead and architect. We are very excited to introduce our mighty six who are leading teams to ensure our tiny homes are complete. Since this is new to us, and we are learning as we go, we are grateful for their willingness to learn with us. Our team leads are Shara and Raul Castillo, Terry Clinefelter with OSU-OKC, Kaylie Garcia, Glenn Sanders with Metro Technology Centers, Trey Whitley and Barbara Young. Committed architects include William Silk, A.I.A., Betty Lee, Asa Highsmith, Deborah Richards, William Silk, A.I.A., AHMM Architects and Sam Moore.
The following have donated their professional services to the project. Special thanks to:
- David M. Box, Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.
- Joseph H. Farmer, PLS, Frontier Land Surveying
- Paul Lefebvre, Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C.
- Richard McKown, Ideal Homes & City Center Development
- Bryan W. Richards, P.E., CFM, BWR Design Group, LLC
- William Silk, A.I.A. - Principal, Architecture ConneXion + Consulting LLC
- Marcus Ude, Universal Development Enterprise
- Michelle Wunder, Rebuilding Together
Dolese Bros. Co. is donating the concrete for the first six tiny homes, and they are joined by these other partners who are providing enough materials to complete six tiny homes.
- American Eagle Lighting (Ceiling Lighting)
- Builders FirstSource (Framing Lumber)
- Cambria USA (Countertops)
- Everyones Roofing and Construction (Roofing)
- Home Depot (Insulation)
- Wilshire Cabinet + Co. (Cabinets and Hardware)
- Womble Company, Pella Windows OKC (Windows)
We’d also like to thank our local media who’ve helped educate the community on the importance of this project: Molly Fleming, The Journal Record; Lacey Lett, News 4; Karl Torp, News 9; Melissa Howell, The Oklahoman; Edna Espino, Telemundo; Landon Whitt, OKC Real Estate Show; Erika Stanish, Fox 25; Mike Kelso, KOKC Radio; and KOCO 5 News.
Living independently is one of the most empowering influencers to successfully transition youth into healthy, productive adults. When housing and basic needs are met, stress is reduced and youth have space to develop the necessary skills for longer term success. By continuing to foster trusting, therapeutic relationships throughout their transition, these young people begin to recognize opportunities for positive change.
This is the beginning of what Pivot believes to be one answer to youth homelessness in our community – we believe the tiny home movement is a viable solution to give a home to these young people who are desperately in need of a place to live.
Pivot is on the cutting edge when it comes to our vision of this community of tiny homes for homeless youth. In just a short time, our community partners have come together by providing in-kind services and expertise, along with supplies and resources.
To learn how you can partner with Pivot on our Tiny Home Community, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.