Tiny homes are becoming a viable housing option for homeless people with mental illness.
The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, in collaboration with The Farm at Penny Lane, ? is in the process of building a tiny home community to help mentally ill homeless people receive housing and therapy at an affordable price.
The project is currently in its first phase and the first participant will move into the project's first tiny home in the spring on a trial basis. The research participant will live in the home and receive therapy based on the farm’s principles of a holistic and sustainable approach to bettering the lives of those with mental illness.
Rebecca Sorensen, community development consultant of The Farm at Penny Lane and recent master's graduate of UNC, helms the project. In an email, Sorensen said research participants will come from clients currently being served by the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.
“An interdisciplinary research team made up of faculty and students from the School of Social Work, the School of Occupational Sciences and the School of Journalism are studying the viability of this housing model for individuals diagnosed with mental illness,” Sorensen said in an email.