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Tiny homes to be built for the homeless

Posted at 6:08 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 21:13:56-04

Covey Avenue in Oildale is where organizers hope to break ground and build tiny homes for homeless veterans. 

Tim Terrio, President of Terrio Therapy and Health Through Wellness INC. said that social media is the driving force behind his new project for veterans.

He said that there was a post about communities around the nation that had been building tiny homes for homeless veterans and he made a comment on how it should be done in Bakersfield.

That's how Terrio said the Veterans Village was born. His mission is to build tiny houses for Kern County's Homeless Veterans. Right now, the homeless census reports that 95 homeless veterans are living in Kern County.

In need of a team to make Terrio's vision come true, he called on the California Veterans Assistance Foundation for help.

Deborah Johnson, President and CEO of the California Veterans Assistance Foundation said that its an opportunity for them to do something different in the community and to tackle homelessness at a different angle.

Johnson said that the organization has the perfect property in mind for Terrio's vision. The land on Covey Avenue in Oildale is where they hope to break ground and build 12 400 square foot tiny homes for homeless veterans in need. 

Terrio said that the project was approved by Kern County's Planning Department and before they can begin the process of building, they will need the green light from the board of supervisors. They hope to get that within the next couple weeks.

CVAF will identify local homeless veterans to occupy the houses and will manage the facility. And will be holding future fundraiser events for the new veterans village.