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The Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Tour @ Kehilla – 23 May 2019

On Thursday, May 23rd, Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) brought their Tiny House prototype to Kehilla.  Kehilla is one of many congregations that will help build the Tiny House Village in Oakland, and Kehilla members Nikee Borden, Sam Gast, and Nelson Max helped build this prototype and are now trained build leaders.

Nikee Borden was there to explain the features of the Tiny House, which include a secure 8’ x 10’ living space, windows, a skylight, electricity, heat, furnishings, and storage.  A team of 12 to 15 volunteers can build a complete house in three weekends.  They are constructed on standard trailers frames for mobility and compliance with California codes.

It was a pleasure to learn about this project and to catch up with old friends, especially veterans of Kehilla’s projects with Rebuilding Together.  Many signed up for the big Tiny House build planned by YSA for late August, and you can, too (see below).  In the late afternoon, we were joined by YSA’s Hannah Trumbull (their Tiny House outreach coordinator) and Vanessa Riles, Interfaith Coordinator for East Bay Housing Organizations. They answered questions about the proposed Tiny House Village, and its goal: rebuild the world by building homes for youth.

The Kehilla Economic Justice Committee thanks YSA and EBHO for bringing the Tiny House to Kehilla’s parking lot, and Kehilla’s staff for supporting this event and getting the word out.

Alex Madonik


More about the Tiny House design:

Hannah Trumbull, Vanessa Riles, and Nikee Borden with Tiny House artists

Nikee Borden with Vanessa Riles and Kehilla members Barry Schwartz, Richard Speiglman, and Sandy Vaughn

You Can Join YSA’s Fall Tiny House Build

We are preparing for the Fall. We will be building 12 Tiny Houses in Habitat for Humanity style (, with 150 volunteers at a time! The dates are August 17-18, August 24-25, and September 7-8. Location(s) to be determined.

You can find out more about the Tiny House Village at And you can sign up to volunteer here.

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