Jag Village: Designing and Building Tiny Homes

Affordable housing is scarce in Southern California and access to government housing assistance programs is limited. San Diego’s housing crisis is overwhelming non-profit organizations that offer rapid rehousing and shelter resources to unsheltered individuals and families. Increasing tuition costs, overpriced textbooks, and loan payments contribute to a college student’s risk of becoming homeless (Wood, Harris III, and Delgado, 2016).

Community college students have limited housing options. When addressing student housing, institutions of higher education have to consider limited land, funding, liability, student safety, and anonymity. Affordable housings, student housing, safe parking lots, and tiny homes are strategies that could offer potential solutions to the housing insecurity crisis community college students are facing.

The purpose of this project is to research homelessness in higher education and investigate the experiences of community college students facing housing insecurity to develop creative design solutions. Tiny homes are portable, sustainable, small-scale, and affordable dwellings that could serve as a strategy to address student housing insecurity.

It is important to emphasize that Jag Village is a proposal to address students’ housing needs. The Architecture Program is exploring affordable and sustainable housing solutions for students facing housing insecurity. Student First Priorities listed in Southwestern College’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan include Student Access, Student Success, Teaching and Learning, and Economic, Workforce, and Community Development. Jag Village addresses all these priorities. By providing access to affordable and emergency housing to students, we are promoting student success. Teaching students how to design and build tiny homes to help their fellow students and the community in need offers them the workforce skills and understanding they will need to be successful in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction.

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Diana Arredondo 
Chula Vista, CA
Southwestern College Foundation 
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