CHERRYFIELD – There’s a Chinese proverb that says a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
One might say the people behind the placement of one tiny house in Cherryfield are taking that proverb to heart.
“We really want in the future, if this is successful, a community of tiny homes for veterans and the elderly,” said Bobbi Harris of Downeast Community Partners.
The project is a collaboration between Downeast Community Partners, Maine Seacoast Mission, Assabet Valley Regional Tech School in Massachusetts and the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust.
“Well, the tiny house is really a big thing right now. For the veteran, I think it fits his needs,” said Maine Seacoast Mission Housing Rehab Director Scott Shaw.
The president of Maine Seacoast Mission said the tiny house phenomenon is sweeping the country.
“And it’s a way for people to pursue a different lifestyle of housing,” John Zavodny said.
Washington County is home to one of the highest percentages of homeless veterans across the state.
The building rehab coordinator for Maine Seacoast Mission said it could be sometime in August before ground is broken in Cherryfield. However, the building itself is being constructed in Massachusetts.
The completed tiny home will be transported to Maine and placed on a foundation in Cherryfield, about five miles from the Maine Seacoast Mission headquarters.
“Everybody seems to step up when there’s a need. And it just keeps getting better and better at that,” Shaw said.