MADISON, Wis. - A project to build tiny houses in Madison is nearing completion.
The organization, Occupy Madison, has worked for months to create a village of little homes just off East Johnson Street in the city. Saturday, it finished Phase One of the project - for organizers, that means putting the final touches on the three tiny houses they've completed. For the people moving into these houses, it means they're one step closer to having a roof over their head in time for the holidays.
Keith Valiquette, a retired CPA, is one of those people. Over the past two years, he has been living out of the back of his truck after hitting a patch of bad fortune a while back. That will now soon change, as he will be able to move into one of the tiny houses in about a week.
"I think this is just the start of the new beginning for me and many of my friends," Valiquette said.
Valiquette has already begun to move his belongings into the bright yellow, 90-something sq. ft. home that he can soon call his own.
News 3's Leah Linscheid joins us with the milestone they've reached this weekend.
"This is a welcome change for me," he sais. "I see this as a very relaxing and tranquil place."
Valiquette says his tiny house will offer more than just shelter from a storm, or a place to house his belongings - it's a warm space to gather those he loves, a home for the holidays.
Phase 1 just includes three of what organizers are hoping will ultimately be nine tiny houses on the property. The rest of the houses will be built in Phase 2, along with the creation of a community room and kitchen facility in the main building.
Construction on that is set to finish in spring, but the organization is about $35,000 short of their goal at this point.
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