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Tiny homes, huge impact

A wide curving sidewalk allows access to 15 one-bedroom tiny homes placed in a large circle around a central grassy courtyard with mature trees beyond. Inset: Co-director Amy Blank Wilson addresses the crowd using a microphone; project coordinator Jamie Swaine enjoys conversation with others at the event.

Friends of the Tiny Homes Village gathered at a 40-acre farm eight miles southwest of campus for an off-site event hosted by UNC School of Social Work. Guests toured 15 permanent homes built for an average of $50,000 a home. Each “tiny home” is 416-square-foot in size. The permanent residences were designed for people living with mental illnesses and veterans living on a fixed income.

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