Tiny home for vulnerable populations sited in Barre

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BARRE — Norwich University’s Design+Build Collaborative (DBC) along with partners announced the completion and siting of LIFT, an affordable, energy-efficient tiny house designed and built by Norwich University students and faculty.

Leadership from local organizations gathered on Tuesday, at Downstreet’s office in Barre to celebrate the initiative and to showcase LIFT, the first house completed under this project.

“The power and importance of the Collaborative cannot be overstated, uniting students, faculty, and community partners in diverse fields to help address the affordable housing crisis in Vermont,” Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider said.

The DBC was created through a $200,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation last February.

In the fall, TD Charitable Foundation contributed an additional $20,000 to produce another LIFT house, according to Schneider.

This event celebrates the completion and siting of the first of the two houses, which will be occupied by those who would otherwise be homeless.

Housing vouchers and capital funding provided by the Vermont Department of Mental Health will be paired with the dwellings in order to serve individuals who have mental illness and/or are at high risk of homelessness or are currently homeless.