Nashville pastor seeks donations for 'micro-homes' for homeless


A Nashville minister believes the micro-home trend will help homeless in the Midstate.

The husband and father of five is living in one of them until he meets his goal to raise enough money to build a village of eight micro-homes. The homes will be donated to the homeless living in Nashville.

"These micro-homes are designed for one to two people. A person and small child could live in them," said Rev. Jeff Obafemi Carr of Infinity Fellowship. "It has a Murphy bed that drops down that holds 450 pounds. They will also have microwaves, a refrigerator and an A/C heating unit. And they're 60 square feet, so a six-by-ten trailer that's been re-purposed."

Monday was Carr's sixteenth night sleeping in the home, intended to raise awareness and understanding for the project.

The model was built by Duane Jones Construction out of Memphis. Carr and Jones have done mission work together in Haiti.

So far, Carr has raised $15,000 toward his $50,000 goal to build the first micro-home village in Nashville to be donated to the homeless.

"There were nights when I had to sleep in the rain, sleep in a park, stay up all night," said Ron Kelly, who is currently homeless. "To be able to have one of these, especially when you've gone through not having a place to live in. It's kind of rough. It's difficult at times.”

Kelly called the homes an opportunity and hopes to live in one if he doesn't find a permanent situation before the micro-homes are ready.

Each unit will be prepped for solar panels, so the units can be connected to a renewable source of energy.

"Hopefully this will give people a place to lay their head and still maintain the dignity that all of us deserve as human beings," Carr said.

The land for the micro-homes is being donated. The property will also house showers and a kitchen facility.

Micro-homes typically retail for $10,000 to $12,000 each. Carr is building the homes at cost for $7,500.

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