Aussie Tiny Houses, a local business with more than 35 years experience in the building and design industry, has made a generous contribution to Youturn’s “Big Hearts for Tiny Homes campaign, donating a cheque for $10,000 towards outfitting of the tiny homes.
“One of our visions, when we opened our doors, was to be part of the solution to the current housing crisis we are living in at the moment. Homelessness is a complex issue with many factors contributing to Australia’s increasing rates of young people who find themselves couch-surfing, living rough, or in supported accommodation. For most young people, homelessness is not a choice,” said Fabio Paulucci, Managing Director of Aussie Tiny Houses.
“Youturn allowed us to fulfill this vision and be part of this amazing project! It’s an honour to work with them and we highly recommend you check them out!” continued Mr Paulucci.
At the presentation of the cheque, Dr Tanya Bell, Youturn’s General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Engagement, conveyed her heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the commitment and enthusiasm Aussie Tiny Houses have shown for Youturn’s Tiny Homes initiative.
“Youturn carefully considered many options and models before finally making the decision to partner with Aussie Tiny Houses – Coolum. Firstly, we were keen to support a local business, but more importantly we wanted to ensure our Tiny Homes offered secure, good quality accommodation which was suitable for long term ownership and could offer flexibility so that we could accommodate, for example, two single young people or a mother with one or two children.’” said Dr Bell.
“The Tiny Houses will be functional rather than elaborate to best support the needs of the young people and we will opt for the Turnkey option. This will enable us to provide the additional features such as being furnished with beds, lighting, electrical appliances, decking, landscaping etc.”
This week is National Homelessness Week (1 – 7 August) and an opportune time to highlight and consider the challenges that young people in our community are facing with extreme housing costs, social housing shortages, high rental competition and low average incomes leading to many experiencing homelessness.
The Tiny Homes initiative will provide short-term, transitional housing to young people in need of homelessness support. After receiving help to resolve crisis in their lives, a young person may receive ongoing social support and tenancy in a Tiny Home, before taking the next step to independent living.
“Our original aim was to raise $100 000 for our first Tiny Home, but with the support and generosity of our community we have almost raised enough for two tiny homes which will be located in the Noosa Shire,. Noosa Council has been extremely supportive of this initiative and helping us to secure suitable land for these Tiny Homes. We expect to receive final confirmation shortly and look forward to sharing this with you,” said Dr Bell.