More tiny homes to be delivered to Eden Village of Wilmington in coming months

On Wednesday, another tiny home will be delivered to Eden Village of Wilmington, a non-profit that builds homes for the area’s chronically homeless.
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 8:32 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - On Wednesday, another tiny home will be delivered to Eden Village of Wilmington, a non-profit that builds homes for the area’s chronically homeless.

The home is one of 31 planned for the community. In the coming months, the organization will bring in these houses four at a time until November, when they hope to wrap up phase one of the project. The organization also plans to build a 3,100-square-foot community center.

Eden Village will provide housing for those who are not only chronically homeless, but also have some sort of disability. There is already a waiting list.

“We estimate that there are 50 to 100 folks that fit that criteria here. We actually have — all of our 31 homes can be filled by the applications that we have and we have a waiting list of over 40 folks that fit that criteria,” said Shawn Hayes, executive director of Eden Village of Wilmington. “There’s no shortage of need for this community and others just like it.”

The non-profit still needs to raise around $800,000- $1 million dollars. Not only has fundraising during the pandemic been challenging, but the coast of construction and materials has skyrocketed.

“It has affected the cost — everything has gone up — and when I say everything, everything has gone up,” Hayes said. “From the lumber to all of the materials — the waiting time for materials has increased over the past year and so this project has become more expensive in more ways than one.”

They are not only looking for monetary donations, but also volunteers and materials, like cinder blocks and bricks, as well.

“We still have some milestones to hit. We’re looking to raise another $800,000 to a million for operational costs for the completion of our clubhouse, so we are still looking to have people donate,” Hayes said. “We have a lot of important folks that are backing us, a lot of volunteers that are putting in the blood sweat and the tears, literally, to help us to get to this point in which we can bring in our next home.”

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