400 local high school students from 27 schools and youth build programs across Northern California used the parking lot of Cosumnes River College for the 33rd Annual Design-Build Competition. They made tiny homes for a good cause, for homeless men across the country, which made a big difference.
Homelessness is a major problem for veterans in California, one out of three men are homeless across the country. 400 high schoolers helped these veterans by building tiny houses for them. 400 high school students from Sacramento, California took part in the 33rd Annual Design-Build Competition and build playhouses, sheds, tiny houses and agricultural structures for the homeless veterans across the country. The competition was at Consumnes River College and students from 27 high schools and youth build programs participated in it. After the competition, the school would either donate these structures to the regional non-profits or sell them to help future for future school projects or CTE (Career Technical Education) classes.
Ian Smith, a senior at Laguna Creek High School, in an interview, said to ABC 10, “We are excited about this, we are giving back to our community.”
The teens were planning to make these structures since December. According to Jordan Blair, Executive director of SRBX (Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange), the professionals have reviewed their designs and then in May, they build those structures in the two-day competition. After the competition, a total of 26 tiny homes would be made and out of them, 6 will be donated to the homeless veterans.
In addition to this the teens who participated in the project benefit from it as well. Blair said that this program has provided an opportunity to high school students. They gained real-life experience in the construction industry, which would be beneficial to those who want to make a career in the construction industry in the future.
Rob Haywarth, a school teacher at Laguna Creek High School said, “This is a great opportunity for all of us, mostly the students that get to invest time in career they are interested in.” All the materials were provided for free to the participants. Blair said, “Comes as the construction industry is facing a dire shortage of workers. For every five workers in the construction trades preparing to retire, only one is entering.”