Organization builds tiny homes to tackle homelessness

As many as 20 homeless individuals in the Memphis area may soon be on track to owning their own tiny homes in various communities in the city.

Homes measuring about 280 square feet are planned to be built in cottage courts in Raleigh, Orange Mound and other neighborhoods by Homes for Hearts and its partner organizations.

With approximately 739 homeless individuals on the streets of Memphis — according to a Point-in-Time summary — and housing prices increasing dramatically due to inflation and the pandemic, founder Zach Waters believes this initiative is necessary for the betterment of the homeless community.

“For me, this project really encompasses everything that I’ve been passionate about in Memphis, building community, helping rebuild our city, reducing blight and vacant property,” Waters said. “But also, helping people move above the poverty line.

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