Missouri inmates to build tiny homes
Inmates in Missouri are about to play a big role in the tiny home trend.
Those serving time at the Northeast Correctional Center will soon be constructing the homes for sale.
The program is designed to help address the need for more affordable workplace housing throughout Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, Ron Tierney, St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program coordinator, told the Hannibal Courier-Post.
Northeast Community Action Corporation (NECAC) and local partners looked to a similar program in South Dakota for the Aspire Partnership Prison Homes program that also will provide Missouri inmates a valuable skill for when they are released.
Teams at Northeast Correctional Center will begin constructing the approximately 500-square-foot homes under the guidance of members of the apprenticeship program. Eventually, they will be available for purchase for about $45,000. A foundation and utility hookups would be available for an additional cost, and the homes will be transported by truck to each purchaser’s location.
NECAC will oversee sales of the homes and provide homeownership classes to buyers.
Tierney told the paper that the program is in its “infancy stages” as officials ensure that the completed homes — estimated to be 32 feet long and 16 feet wide — can easily pass through the facility’s sally port for loading onto a trailer.
Each home built at the Northeast Correctional Center will take about one month to complete and offenders will have the opportunity to join the St. Louis Carpenters Apprenticeship program with advanced standing when they leave the Northeast Correctional Center.