DIGNITY HOUSING FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
Affordable Tiny Housing Solutions & Community Workshops
Operation Tiny Home partners with like-minded nonprofits across the nation to provide apprenticeship training workshops for Native Americans that seek to build high quality alternative housing options and tiny home communities. We teach program leaders and community volunteers how to build custom tiny housing solutions through hands-on construction and carpentry training workshops while building a home that will be donated to support housing needs in their community.
Our objective is to go beyond providing a simple housing solution. Our focus is to empower participants to build a better future for themselves while cultivating sustainable communities to create lasting transformation in housing stability within their community.
Our free workshops provide participants with access to resources, education, and new opportunities to facilitate personal growth, self-sufficiency, and fulfillment. Over the course of our immersive hands-on workshops, we cover a wide range of topics including construction terminology, foundation considerations, design, framing, sheathing, roofing, siding and trim, windows and door installation, finish carpentry, and multi-functional furniture design to creatively maximize small spaces.
In April 2019, Operation Tiny Home was thrilled to partner with the Lummi Stepping Stones and Wells Fargo to host a tiny home building workshop at Bellingham Millwork Supply to support the launch of the Eagle Haven Tiny Home Village.
Workshop participant were provided the opportunity to ‘dry-in’ a tiny home while learning from tiny house specialist and A&E TV Series Tiny House Nation Co-Host, Zack Giffin. Our 3-day workshop provided hands-on training of the basic tiny home construction process, from the foundation to the finishing trim. Lummi community members had the opportunity to become proficient with many of the tools common in home construction, while learning about different types of building materials, the order of operation, and how each step affects the next, all the way through the project. We covered skills such as reading and comprehending blueprints, foundation preparation, framing, window & door installation, exterior siding & trim and the unique Shou Sugi Ban art of preserving and finishing wood through charing with fire.
We believe building & construction doesn't have to be intimidating and is a craft and process that is accessible to anyone interested in learning. Our workshop participants gain new knowledge and increase confidence in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Please join us at our next workshop and expect to enjoy yourself, make new friends, and leave feeling inspired by what you've learned!
Workshops are FREE for Tribal Members! Follow us on Facebook! to learn when a workshop is coming to your area.
Eagle Haven Tiny Home Village
Eagle Haven is a Lummi Stepping Stones 501(c)(3) nonprofit program that aims to provide affordable housing and the opportunity of self-sufficiency on the Lummi Nation Reservation for tribal members struggling with housing instability.
The Eagle Haven Tiny Home Village project is located on the Lummi Nation Reservation in Washington State as part of a comprehensive housing solution to support the homeless, displaced and disadvantaged Lummi Tribal members in need of support.
Eagle Haven will offer 26 high quality custom tiny homes that includes all the amenities found in a full size home, including a kitchen, full size bathroom, and washer and dryer. Eligibility requirements for residency include a background check, monthly rental contribution, an agreement to abide by tenant rules and responsibilities, and a commitment to drug and alcohol free living.