Gateways High School students constructing tiny house for homeless family

Tiny house set to be ready by June 1. (SBG Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - High school students are taking a field trip to give back to people in need by creating something small in stature that will have a big impact on a family that has fallen on hard times.

They are building a tiny house for a homeless family through Catholic Community Services.

"Its just great giving back to the community," Gateways High School student Delilah Berger said.

Berger is one of many Gateways High School students learning how to build a tiny house.

She said she's learning a lot from the process but giving someone else a place to live means even more.

"I have never done anything like this," Berger said. "It's kind of fun and definitely hands on, drilling stuff, making walls and whatnot. I never thought I'd be doing this, I just wrote it on paper."

Springfield's Rotary Club made the project possible by donating $20,000.

"We'll be able to fit four humans," Gateways High School science teacher Holly Ellingson said.

Ellingson's class prepared the models for the home, but it wasn't a job they could do on their own.

That's why they partnered with Alex Daniell, owner of Backyard Bungalows and a tiny house advocate.

"I believe this could be a national model," Daniell said. "Where schools and high schools can use the STEM program to teach science, technology, engineering and math, while providing affordable housing."

Daniell has built 42 tiny houses in Lane County.

He said these projects could potentially solve the national housing crisis and help homeless families around the country.

"Rents continue to get higher," Daniell said. "It's more difficult for people and I think this is a very viable option."

The family is set to move into the tiny house on June 1.

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