Tiny home community to be built in OKC to help young homeless adults
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - A tiny home community will soon be making its way to Oklahoma City.
"Pivot: A Turning Point for Youth" is working to build dozens of tiny homes for young homeless adults.
Officials with Pivot said the program is intended for those lacking stability and looking to make a change in their lives.
Melanie Anthony, vice president of development and community engagement, told Fox 25 that Paula Anderson is a true example of what the organization's program is about.
Anderson said she came from a broken home and was living under a bridge at the age of 17.
"There was nothing to wake up to, to look forward to. No family. No shelter. No food. I felt like I had nothing. So why continue? Why continue? Anderson said.
After feeling like she had hit rock bottom, Anderson said Pivot gave her a second chance.
Pivot officials showed up at Anderson's school one day after she told Fox 25 she was ready to give up.
"I was given my keys and at that moment I though, 'I have somewhere to go? I have somewhere to lay down tonight!? I finally get to lay down tonight in a bed,' Anderson said, "'I don’t have to ask a stranger to stay with them. I don’t have to do that no more,' It was so amazing."
"Having housing available to them, gives them life skills. It teaches them how to take care of a home, how be a good neighbor, how to be a good tenant. We have a great opportunity to do this on our campus," said Anthony.
Anthony said Impact Oklahoma provided Pivot with a $100,000 grant in April to help the nonprofit build its first three tiny homes.
Anthony said each 280 square-foot home will have a bathroom, kitchen and living area.
"Imagine back when you were 16 or 17 yourself, with no mom or dad and you're thinking what you’re going to have to breakfast, lunch and dinner much less how you’re going to get clothes clean to go to school," said Anthony, "on top of where am I going to sleep tonight? If you can't focus on those things, how can you focus on work put in front of you in classroom? How can you think about holding, maintaining a job? Having housing like this will alleviate that emergency component."
Anderson, now 22, said thanks to Pivot she was able to graduate high school and is now attending college to become a registered nurse.
"Now I’m able to pay bills, cook and take care of myself and my house and all the responsibilities that there is to take care of as adult," said Anderson.
Anthony said by the end of summer, they plan to have six tiny homes built on the property. Their goal is to build more than 80.
"We know that with resources we provide and the tiny homes, we are going to change lives," said Anthony.
"The future kid that’s going to get that future home, their future is going to be bright," said Anderson.
Pivot is always accepting donations. If you'd like to donate or become a community partner, contact Anthony or click here.