PORT HADLOCK — This is just the start, and it’s a brightly coloured one.
“This is the prototype for what we can do for farm worker housing and affordable worker housing in the area,” mentioned Shanell Rosenfeld, one of many individuals celebrating completion of an uncommon tiny home in Port Hadlock.
It’s referred to as Meadow Manor, and it’s solely 10 ft by 16 ft — but it surely’s further excessive, with a loft mattress over the desk, storage locker and tiny kitchen. Volunteers, workers, interns and highschool college students on the Community Boat Project constructed it for a future farmworker village in Chimacum, one of many locations in Jefferson County the place individuals wrestle to search out first rate locations to reside.
This tiny home is on show now outdoors the Old Alcohol Plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, adjoining to Bayside Housing & Services.
Bayside, the nonprofit group offering transitional housing and help in East Jefferson County, is a detailed accomplice with the Community Boat Project.
Last Friday, Wayne Chimenti, director of the undertaking, requested his development crew to see Meadow Manor off.
Place a hand on the facet of the home, he mentioned, and take into consideration the individuals — maybe dwelling in a automobile or a tent — who will make this place dwelling.
“Let’s give them blessings. Let them have a better life,” Chimenti mentioned.
The crew then shared some espresso, tea and bagels whereas Chimenti spoke of what’s arising.
More tiny homes: the following one smaller than Meadow Manor and designed for one in all Bayside’s tiny-shelter villages, both Peter’s Place in Port Hadlock or Pat’s Place in Port Townsend.
The Community Boat Project is including companions now: the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) in Seattle and a Renton-based program referred to as ANEW that gives pre-apprenticeships for individuals who need to go into the development trades.
These alliances, Chimenti mentioned, imply he can proceed coaching individuals for real-world jobs whereas constructing tiny homes for Jefferson County.
The Jefferson Land Trust can be a accomplice on this enterprise, because it secures property for the Chimacum farm employee village. It could possibly be a 12 months or so earlier than that comes collectively, Chimenti mentioned.
In the meantime, Community Boat Project crew members — together with newcomers — will construct tiny houses to function transitional housing for Bayside purchasers.
One of the keys to success at Peter’s Place and Pat’s Place, Chimenti mentioned, is Bayside’s case administration. Each one who comes to remain in one of many tiny-home villages receives assist with well being, employment and life planning.
The boat undertaking, which operates on-the-water and boatbuilding applications in addition to its tiny-home constructing endeavors, will likely be constructing houses which can be less complicated than Meadow Manor.
This prototype, Rosenfeld famous, is massive sufficient for a pair or perhaps a small household; it has its personal 8-foot by 8-foot tub home, constructed individually. In phrases of farmworker housing, it’s a great distance from the crowded buildings seen elsewhere within the nation.
“It’s a home. You’re working. You want to come home at the end of a hard day to a place that’s comfortable,” Rosenfeld mentioned.
“Just having a space to yourself is a big deal.”
The development crew stored magnificence in addition to performance in thoughts, she added.
Muralist Danielle Fodor created the outside’s dandelion motif in yellow, inexperienced and purple; for the inside, Fodor painted a flowing, summary design. She was nonetheless including touches on the home because it was being moved out of the store.
When requested how lengthy the Community Boat Project will proceed developing these comfortable homes, Chimenti didn’t hesitate to reply.
“Until the homelessness crisis is over,” he mentioned.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz could be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]