09/27 Work wrapping up on tiny duplex for homeless in Pittsburg, Kansas

volunteers continue to work on a tiny transportable duplex

YouthBuild KCK staff and trainees along with volunteers continue to work Tuesday on the tiny transportable duplex that will be shipped to Pittsburg, Kan., where it will serve as temporary shelter for the homeless. Photo by Joe Ledford. For video, click on link at bottom of post.

It’s crunch time for members of YouthBuild KCK, which is racing against the clock to finish a duplex on a 20-foot trailer by Friday.

“It’s coming down to the wire,” said Jana Loflin, a director with Kim Wilson Housing Inc. of Kansas City, Kan. “We’ll get it done.”

Friday is the deadline because on Monday, the tiny house will be towed to Pittsburg, Kan., where it will serve as transitional housing for homeless people.

Kim Wilson Housing partnered with YouthBuild KCK, which provides an opportunity for at-risk youth to complete their high school education while earning a construction certification, to build the house.

Although work still remained, they held an open house Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan., to celebrate its impending send-off.

Construction on the tiny duplex on wheels began last month as part of the Bring Kansas Home Kansas Housing Conference in Overland Park.

Members of YouthBuild KCK still have to lay the floor, install the pocket doors on the shared bathroom and wrap up most of the inside of the units. Loflin is optimistic that it will be completed by the end of the week.

The tiny duplex, which was funded by the Kansas Housing Resources Corp. and private donors, will have two separate 64-square-foot units, each with a platform bed and storage underneath. There will be a refrigerator and microwave. The residents will share a bathroom with a dry-flush toilet.

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