Tiny Homes to be Built in Vacaville to Help the Homeless

VACAVILLE -- A new tiny home project in Solano County for the homeless is only months away from becoming a reality.

The County Board of Supervisors approved putting five tiny Tuff Shed homes on county-owned land in Vacaville. They say the purpose is to get people who are homeless back on their feet.

One county supervisor says the site will include an on-site host and several donated services. They say participating residents approved for housing will not only get a roof over their heads but treatment to help them get back on their feet.

“Folks on the streets for really not because of their own fault,” said Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson. “They lost their homes, they’re living in their cars.”

When it comes to the homeless population in Solano County, Thomson wanted to lend a helping hand.

“[We] could put a small project, like what they’re doing in Marysville, in Vacaville,” Thomson stated.

That project is a tiny house community on Brown Street.

“After many months of research and planning I was able to get my pilot project on the agenda,” said Thomson.

Each tiny home would house two adults.

“I’d like to see the property get something done with it, but [I’m] worried about property values,” expressed Scott McNeill, who lives across from the tiny home site.

McNeill, who has lived on Brown Street for a decade, says despite a few concerns, he’s on board with the county’s efforts.

“I hate seeing them on the street, so anything they can do to help them out,” McNeill said.

While Thomson says this is just one small step he’s hopeful they'll be more tiny homes popping up.

“We can show that the community is behind this effort,” Thomson said.

Thomson says the public still has the option to reach out with any comments for or against the project.

He’s expecting the houses to be up before the end of the year.

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