YouthBuild Fall River students construct transitional housing for vets
If you have been waiting since forever for your contractor to call, this will break your heart and give you hope, all at once. The students with YouthBuild Fall River built two houses since late July.
The students with YouthBuild Fall River built two houses since late July.
Tiny houses, to be sure, but still.
YouthBuild, which operates under the umbrella of the Old Colony YMCA, applied for a grant through the federal Corporation for National and Community Service to build something of value to veterans’ organizations.
“We got the grant,” said Terry Moran, director of Massachusetts YouthBuild. “We were one of five organizations in the country to get a grant.
“We got the grant in late July. We got to work on it right away.”
Students in the program gathered with instructors and were told they had to build a small house that could be moved on the roads and also serve as a home for someone for weeks or even months, said Carmen Richardi, director of YouthBuild Fall River.
“We showed them 30 pictures of tiny houses and they got to make recommendations and suggest changes,” he said. They studied the effect of snow loads and suggested a steeper pitch to the roof. They looked at plans for a sleeping loft and nixed that because they were certain many of the people who used the houses would face physical limitations.