Augusta’s First Tiny Home Complex Is Coming In 2024 For A Big Cause
Augusta’s first tiny homes are expected to be coming to the area in mid-2024. The homes will be in place of a former city park on Merry Street. These tiny homes aren’t just coming to the area just to come, but they are coming to the area for a good cause.
These tiny homes are to help youth that is aging out of the foster care system. The Project is forwarded by Bridge Builder Communities. Bridge Builder Communities is a nonprofit that provides housing, education, and vital resources to 18-25-year-olds who are aging out of the system.
The founder of the Bridge Builder Communities is Dr. Jackson Drumgoole, he is also the founder of Drumgoole Family Initiatives, which helps fulfill his desire to see at-risk youth and families thrive.
The ordinance for these tiny homes was passed about a year ago.
This is a 2.5 million dollar project, each home will cost $50,000. The organization is a quarter of the way towards meeting that 2.5 million-dollar goal. They recently received a 50, 000 dollar donation from CareSource. There will also be fundraising events to come in the future to help continue to reach that 2.5 million goal. They hope to reach there halfway point by the time of the next event.
There will be 25 housing units, those units will be broken down into 5 pods with 5 homes in each pod. The tiny home will be 320 square feet, which is about the average size of a standard hotel room. Inside each home, there will be a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. The complex is also projected to have a community center and a vegetable garden.
It is also a hope that building these homes for the youth will help the city’s homeless problem.
They are hoping to have those teens moving in by the end of 2024. These will be the first step to help them transition out of foster care and into the real world.