"Owning less is great, wanting less is even better."
No one should be homeless. No one should be sleeping on the streets of Western Massachusetts. And yet many people some including their families are.
SIMPLICITY: less stuff. less work. less expense. equals. more money. more time. more joy. less equals more.
The Western Mass Tiny Home Initiative (Combating Homelessness) is a supportive community in Western Mass that provides safe, quality housing and services for veterans/individuals/families who are homeless, empowering residents to live
with dignity, independence and financial stability.
Meet the CEO/ President
"It takes a community to raise a village."
Christy Torres is deeply rooted in Hampshire and Hampden County. She has consulted in organizational management, strategic planning, and fundraising for public and nonprofit organizations. She has worked extensively with government agencies at the county, and community level on strategic planning, performance management, evaluation, and innovative program design. She has also volunteered as the Field Director on various campaigns: Tracye Whitfield, Linda O’Connell and Denise Hurst just to name a few. She has spent 20 years in a variety of capacities to promote, educate, and advocate for young children and their families. She has her Masters in Organizational Management and Leadership as well as graduated from the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) Program. She developed her leadership skills at an early age by becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She is an undisputed expert in human service issues, and has the institutional memory to help clients successfully navigate the Legislature and Administration. Christy is committed to assisting in facilitating community partnerships, program planning, and helping to build community capacity for education and affordable housing. Christy resides in Hampden County where she enjoys spending time with her 3 busy young adult children, 2 grandchildren and 2 dogs.
"Well done is better than well said."
It's amazing how often someone says, "I have this great idea and then act upon it." Christy acted on it. Her passion and vision for affordable housing and community started at an early age and reached more than she could ever imagine. She always thought the sky is the limit however, she wondered how she could give homeless individuals a hand up not a hand out.
Christy heard a lot of babble around tiny homes their pros and their cons. She decided after researching them for 2 years that it was time to plan and implement. Well she thought to herself how could she implement such a plan and figured there was NO WAY she could do it alone.
WHY TINY HOMES?
Tiny houses take the pros and cons of small house living to their extreme. Compared to the average house, or even a more normal small house, a tiny house gives you less of everything: less space, but also less expense, less maintenance, and less energy use (Net Zero). Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life.
Net-Zero Solar Powered Tiny Homes Could Help Ease City's Affordable Housing Crisis:
Tiny houses have less space, and therefore take less energy to power. Tiny home owners can cut their energy bills even further by going solar by reducing their impact on the environment.
With a heavy environmental focus, it may come as no surprise that tiny houses and solar panels go hand-in-hand. We are aiming for zero dollars in electricity bills which leaves more finances for other necessities.
Essentially, net-zero, or zero-energy structures or homes are structures that are designed to produce as much energy as the home consumes.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR WESTERN MASS TINY HOME INITIATIVE:
The Western Mass Tiny Home Initiative will build the first affordable housing micro-cottage community on the East Coast. These alternatives to apartment buildings and town-homes are becoming increasingly common across the Midwest and on the West Coast due to the better quality of living that they offer. Our goal is to work with Community Partners to apply for grants enabling Springfield, MA to be the first city in New England to host the development of one of these innovative communities.
Our first project will be aimed at low-income Veterans, providing first-time homeowner incentives to increase owner-occupancy in the City of Homes. Given the newness of this innovative form of housing, the Western Mass Tiny Homes Initiative is at the forefront of establishing a path to follow to finance their construction. We will, of course, utilize Springfield-based resources in the development of this community.
“Home is where the heart is.”
"Your #vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens." -
"Make your life a mission - not an intermission." - Arnold H. Glasgow, American Psychologist