Schools registered in the 24Pillars programs are actively addressing the issues of affordable housing and homelessness in their city. Through sponsored programs that reward creativity, teach development and building skills, students are making a difference.
These programs are free, so if your school isn't accessing these programs, what are you waiting for?
The programs currently available are based on the tiny home support in a city, along with the Class level that the city sponsor has elected to support.
The Design Challenge provides all students an opportunity to use their creative thinking to come up with unique tiny home designs and design elements. Each year we select the best designs at the local level, then select the best from the provincial/territorial level and national level. Grants are provided for students at each level.
The Develop Program has students planning and building sites for tiny home inFill housing. This initiative expands the housing options available to tiny homeowners, which adds to the affordable housing options in the city. Students learn what is required to construct a tiny home site, the regualtions and permits required, as well as constructing the site.
The Construct Program has students building a complete tiny home using a 24Pillars approved design. This develops skills in all aspects of home construction. and each completed home is donated to a local housing agency to assist a participant transitioning from homelessness.
The most likely reason your city isn't sponsored, is simply that we haven't asked anyone yet. You can be proactive and ask your local economic development corporation, downtown business association, city housing program, or business group to sponsor your city.
The 24Pillars programs help everyone, so getting your city involved makes sense on so many levels. Students, teachers, and faculty shouldn't wait for this to happen, you can make it happen.
If you look at the Community Pillar page, you can find the group that has sponsored your community. Their listing will identify your Community's Class and from there you can match the Programs listed above.
There are just 2 reasons why a Program is not available in your Community. Either your Sponsor has not elected to support the Class level required or most probably your city does not provide the level of tiny home support required to allow the Program. You can check with your Community Sponsor to see if additional Program support is available and if they have accessed all available, you should contact your city about increasing support for tiny home living.
24Pillars and your Sponsor provide the contacts, tools, equipment, and materials for the Programs. Your school provides space and the teacher. This is a community initiative and requires that each participant brings something to the table, to enable us to create change. What is done in your community, is for the benefit of your community and we want to be a facilitator for change.