2015 City of Kannapolis/Collegiate Challenge Tiny House
Barbara’s world shifted when her husband abruptly declared their marriage was over and forced her from their home. Barbara slept on friends’ and family member’s sofas for a while and spent some time in a homeless shelter. She was temporarily residing in a family member’s basement when she learned about Habitat for Humanity.
Initially Barbara did not qualify for the home ownership program – her income was simply too low. Shirley Kennerly, the Family Services Coordinator, could see the potential in Barbara’s situation and knew there were others in similar circumstances. Shirley had been researching the Tiny House movement for at least a year and saw how small dwellings could potentially address the housing issues of single (or couple) home owners who didn’t quite fit the traditional Habitat Cabarrus program.
The entire Habitat Cabarrus team jumped on the Tiny House bandwagon and while Barbara put in her sweat equity time, her 488 square foot home took shape. In July 2015, in front of a crowd of well-wishers, Barbara received the keys to her adorable, compact home.
Barbara is particularly excited to be independent and to put down roots. She said, “When I was growing up we moved around a lot so I will finally be able to connect with the community.”
Welcome home Barbara!
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