CDA group building tiny houses to combat homelessness

THIS 8 FOOT BY 12 FOOT HOME MAY LOOK SMALL, BUT I'M TOLD IT COULD BE MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR THE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN COEUR D'ALENE.

W10 22 18;17;14 randy even though they're kind of tiny, it's better than being on the street :4W11 22 RANDY ROGERS HAS BEEN HOMELESS FOR 9 MONTHS, AND USUALLY SLEEPS DOWN BY THE RIVER.

18;15;02 RANDY ROGERS, HOMELESS i had a non work related injury that caused me to lose my job and i didnt have any money to pay rent :8W12 22 HE AND HIS FRIEND ERIC HELPED BUILD THIS MODEL TINY HOME.

THE EVENTUAL GOAL: A VILLAGE FULL OF THESE HOMES THAT WOULD SERVE AS TEMPORARY CRISIS HOUSING FOR PEOPLE LIKE RANDY AND ERIC, TRYING TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.

18;11;35 eric L they're really trying to make a life for themselves, it's just hard to dig yourself out when youre down below like that :4 18;07;07 GAR 57 percent of our homeless population is unsheltered :5W13 22 GAR MICKELSON IS THE HOMELESS OUTREACH COORDINATOR FOR HERITAGE HEALTH AND ONE OF THE PEOPLE SPEARHEADING THIS PROJECT.

18;02;45 GAR along the way we've been able to build a group of people who really want to get this done, probably 100 people on board with it, :10W14 24 THE CABINS WOULD BE FULLY INSULATED, WITH ONE WINDOW AND ONE DOOR.

THE VILLAGE WOULD HAVE A COMMUNAL KITCHEN TENT AND PORTABLE BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS.

MICKELSON SAYS THE VILLAGE WOULD BE MODELED AFTER A SIMILAR PROJECT IN SEATTLE.

18;04;49 gar mickelson an environment where they're living in community in cabins with other people that are going through those situations you have professional services, case managers, peer support specialists, veterans services coming to them, then you have churches surrounding that that that can do the soul care piece that's instramental in the success in the seattle model :15W15 24 MICKELSON SAYS THEY HAVE SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS CHURCHES, BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS, AND NOW THEY ARE WORKING TO GET PERMISSION FROM THE CITY AND FIND A LOCATION TO BUILD.

THE COEUR D'ALENE POLICE DEPARTMENT TELLS ME THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND THEY WORRY IT COULD ATTRACT TRANSIENTS AND MORE CRIME TO THE AREA.

BUT ERIC AND RANDY SAY IT WOULD BE A PLACE WHERE THEIR BASIC NEEDS ARE MET, SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON REBUILDING WHAT THEY'VE LOST.

18;13;44 ERIC L, HOMELESS worrying about the day to day living, it's something else :2W16 22 REPORTING IN COEUR D'ALENE GRACE DITZLER KXLY 4 NEWS.