Brian Wilcox, of Wilcox Construction Co., Norwich, top, examines the first two of 15 “tiny homes” behind the county’s Meadows Office Complex, Town of Middlefield. The small structures are a county Board of Representatives’ initiative to provide temporary housing for the county’s homeless. Inset, Senior County Planner Erik Scrivener examines the space in one of the structures where the bathroom will be located. The small homes are designed by Mike Steiger, Smsa Architectural Services, Cassville, and are being built by SUNY Delhi construction students at the Delaware County campus, then transported here. Under construction on site is a community center, and plans are to power the complex, to the degree possible, with geothermal and solar powers, according to County Planning Director Karen Sullivan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
DELHI – For the students in Gary Beckett’s Construction Management classes at SUNY Delhi, this year’s project is a chance to help change the lives of people in desperate situations. “Usually we just build sheds for people in the community,” he said. “These will help people get on their feet.”
Beckett’s classes – along with students in the electrical, carpentry and plumbing trades – are building “tiny houses” to help combat Otsego County homeless.
“The county spends a million dollars a year housing the homeless,” said Senior Planner Eric Scrivener in the Otsego County Planning Department. “We’re sending them to motels for $65 a night, where they have no supervision and no case management.”