YWCA crew building “Tiny House” for veteran in need

One-room house will be moved to suit new owner

People working on building the tiny house pose in front of a model of the home- the house itself is on the left.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A September 11 remembrance grant will be put to good use- building a new home for a homeless or possibly disabled veteran. Students who are working on obtaining their GED through the YWCA of Western Massachusetts are building the “tiny house.”

Funding for the project comes from a September 11th Remembrance Grant through the Corporation for National Service.

Tiny houses – homes that are about 100-400 square feet in size – are becoming increasingly popular alternatives for singles and couples across the country. They are often easy to move, and this one-room home will be relocated to a place near a veterans’ service agency, or places that provide services for those living with disabilities.

For GED student Jaricza Del Toro, the 9/11 connection is personal. She’s related to a Twin Towers first responder.

“My uncle Hector Arrizmendi, he’s a retired officer for New York City. He was one of the officers who had to help at Ground Zero, the Twin Towers,” Del Toro said.

The $15,000 tiny house is expected to be completed in a few weeks.

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