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Epitec celebrates anniversary with Tiny Homes
Help us make a big difference in the lives of 6 homeless Detroiters with Tiny Homes.
By: Epitec, Inc.
"Metro-Detroit is my home and this area has always been good to me, my family and my business," explained Jerry Sheppard, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Epitec. "What better way to celebrate Epitec's 40th anniversary than to give back to the community that I appreciate and love."
The Tiny Homes Detroit project is led by Cass Community Social Services. The agency purchased 25 vacant lots from the city of Detroit with the intention of building tiny homes on them. Each home costs about $50K. Epitec has a $300K fundraising goal to finance six Tiny Homes. "When I heard about the Tiny Homes project," said Sheppard, "I had to find out more. And then after I met with the Reverend Faith Fowler and read her book, 'Tiny Homes in a Big City,' I knew this project was something I wanted to be a part of."
The homes go to low-income Detroiters with a rent-then-own model. Residents pay $1 per square foot, participate in home ownership and financial planning classes as well as volunteer in the community. The idea is to give people help, but make sure they also help themselves. After renting for seven years, residents will own the property free and clear.
The Epitec fundraising will be a straight donation drive, with Epitec matching dollar-for-dollar the amount raised, but will also include events like: A silent auction, a t-shirt sale, a family bowling night, 50/50 raffles, a wine tasting, a night out at Our Detroit Vodka, an art auction and much more. So, instead of one celebration, Epitec will actually have many. And the celebration will continue, as six Detroiters get a new start.
That's what Sheppard likes best about this project. He said, "No one wants to live in poverty, it's human nature to dream… This project gives people living in poverty the opportunity for something better, something to strive for, the opportunity for home ownership."
As the Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director at Cass Community Social Services says "There are so many great things about the Tiny Homes - home ownership for poor people, properties returning to the tax rolls, energy efficiency which is good for the planet, re-populating a neighborhood, and, of course, the fact that it requires the involvement of so many people. It's like an urban barn raising. Epitec is helping us raise the walls for six houses. They have helped turn the vision into a viable solution."
Donations to the Epitec Tiny Homes Project, can be made at: https://epitec.com/
The Epitec Tiny Homes are scheduled to be built in the Spring of 2019. While the project is called Tiny Homes, it's sure to have a big impact for the families who get them, as well as the city of Detroit.