Literally, a little place:
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member Pivot, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, founded to help youth have safe housing and their other basic needs met.
Pivot has a 16-bed shelter on its campus. The shelter runs at about 92% capacity and is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. But it can only shelter youth ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old. There are two apartment units for youth older than 17 years old.
Many teenagers are in a gap, where they’re too young to go to an adult shelter, and they’re too old to be in the foster care system. In addition, a teenager who is old enough might not be best served in an adult shelter because of developmental delays, or other vulnerabilities, which have onset because of the trauma the youth has endured.
That’s why the tiny homes are needed. One future tiny-home resident is aging out of foster care, but is excited to know there’s a home waiting for them.
One small step, as it were. Eventually, 85 units are planned.
The tiny homes’ residents will also learn life skills, such as keeping their house clean and paying rent. The youth will sign a lease for their home, which may sound a little restrictive. But this allows the young person to have a rent record — including a reference — for when they move off campus to live independently.
The project will also turn into job training. As the home development continues, the plan is to get the young people involved with the construction so they can see the trades.
Life is much less desperate with a roof over your head. (Been there, experienced that.)