Alyssa Nolan is the founder of Tiny Houses for Camp Fire Survivors, which is an organization that is building and giving away tiny houses for the survivors of the devastating wildfire that leveled the town of Paradise, California. Alyssa is actually a wildfire survivor herself, having lost everything in the 2008 Butte Lightning Complex Fire. With no construction experience to start, Alyssa has designed and built 10 tiny houses to give away to fire survivors. In the process, she has developed a model for doing this work efficiently and affordably. Using salvaged camper trailers as the foundations for the tiny houses, Alyssa has figured out how to build super lightweight so as to not exceed the weight limit of the trailers.
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In This Episode:
- The experience, inspiration, and support behind the Tiny Houses for Camp Fire Survivors
- No building experience necessary: this amazing group of volunteers learns as they give
- What is salvaged, what's donated, and what needs to be thrown away?
- Each tiny home is designed with its family in mind
- Legality for tiny homes: what the community has done to support this project
- How the wait list works and how long she plans to keep building
- You can help: volunteer hours, the Amazon Wish List, and the administrative support that's still needed (hint, hint, web developers)
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Alyssa Nolan lost her home in the 2008 Butte Lightning Complex Fire, that experience inspired her to build Tiny Homes for Campfire Survivors. Though she had no construction knowledge, she has built a community of dedicated volunteers and donors who have given away 10 Tiny Homes in 11 months, with more underway. Not only is she a mom of three little children, but she also works a full-time job as well as dedicating over 40 hours a week to the Tiny Home builds. Her motto is simple; we do more together!
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Multiple builds happen at once
Each house is decorated for its new owner
Each build is made uniquely for the family that it will be given to, with their specific needs in mind
Throw pillows, nice rugs, and lamps make them feel like home right away
Strapped down for extra safety on the road
The houses are stocked with everything the family needs – even kitchen towels!
The tiny houses are made from donated camper shells
Volunteers come from all over the US to help with the builds
Some volunteers have 4 legs 🙂
Even bed linens are provided!