Trauma-Informed Tiny Homes Community to Prevent Chronic Homelessness.
Chronic homelessness is often a result of complex barriers that hinder the homeless from maintaining permanent housing. This project will tackle homelessness and its barriers by providing tiny homes that will improve residents’ access to health services. Tiny homes may also reduce the costs of creating a supportive community compared with traditional multifamily apartment buildings. This model will apply principles of trauma-informed design to help residents who have experienced unsheltered homelessness feel comfortable and safe in their home. Additionally, residents will receive supportive community services to address the stressors of homelessness and mental illness. The result will be a village of tiny homes where residents feel safe, healthy, and engaged with their friends and neighbors.
HRDC is a nonprofit Community Action Agency dedicated to building a better community through innovation and leadership. HRDC provides programs and services in the areas of: housing; food and nutrition; child and youth development; senior empowerment; community transportation; home heating, energy, and safety; and community development.
Tracy Menuez is an associate director and community development director for HRDC. Since joining HRDC in 2002, she has led the development of numerous initiatives across the housing need continuum. Tracy has worked with communities throughout southwestern Montana to assess affordable housing challenges and execute plans to meet diverse needs. As community development director, she has extensive development and housing preservation experience, overseeing over $50 million in community housing investment.