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Tiny Houses Can Bring Big Changes for Youths, Low-Income Homeowners

SUSAN INGRAM, THE JEWISH TIMES — Quentin Harper, an AmeriCorps volunteer for Civic Works, stepped inside a handsome wooden structure tucked in a back corner of the Maryland Home & Garden Show last week at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

“This is our tiny home. Two hundred and 20 square feet,” Harper said with pride. “Pretty much all of the materials used to build this are recycled [or sustainable]. The floors are made of cork. The walls are made of [pine]. The cabinets are bamboo.”

Behind him, helping with the tour of the new Civic Works project, was the organization’s founder and executive director, Dana Stein of Pikesville, who, when he isn’t in Annapolis making laws from January to April each year as an 11th District state delegate, is hunkered down at the historic Clifton Mansion in Baltimore, helping people make Baltimore a better, more supportive place through job training and volunteerism.

Founded by Stein in 1993, the nonprofit Civic Works renovates, rehabs and weatherizes homes, builds parks and gardens, tutors and mentor students, improves senior citizens’ homes and grows produce on its urban farm through youth-service corps volunteers as an AmeriCorps program.

Add to that building tiny homes to offer energy-efficient, affordable housing to the public, while training Baltimore City youths in construction skills as they earn GEDs.

Read the whole article online at the Jewish Times. Photo credit to Susan Ingram.