Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas, the United States Green Building Council and THV11 worked together on October 22, 2016 to build the affiliate’s first “Tiny House” as part of the THV11's day of service, Make a Difference Day. Future homeowner Raymond Donaldson, an active member of First Assembly North Little Rock, worked alongside donors and volunteers to raise the interior and exterior walls of his home. The wall-raising took 95 volunteers about three hours to complete. The home is schedule to be complete in early 2017.
Future homeowner Raymond Donaldson is beloved in his community and is known for his generous and giving heart. He currently works at DHS, spends his spare time volunteering for the Single Mother’s ministry at his church, and also mentors high school kids. Purchasing the Habitat home will be life changing for Raymond. Raymond learned that his application for homeownership was approved at Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas’s annual fundraising event, ReStore & After. Funding for the house comes from THV11, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and private donors.
“Our goal is to eliminate substandard housing in Central Arkansas, and building a tiny house could open new paths by which we can serve more people in need of decent housing,” said development director Steve Biernacki. The two bedroom, one bath home will be built using Leeds certification principles resulting in energy bills of around $50 per month. The home will be purchased with Habitat for Humanity's zero-percent interest mortgage, which makes monthly mortgage payments affordable.
Anyone interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas are encouraged to visit www.habitatcentralar.org