Foundations in place for Utica's first set of 'Small Houses'

Foundations are now in place on Noyes Street for the first set of “Small Houses.”

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 5:38 PM

UTICA – Foundations are now in place on Noyes Street for the first set of “Small Houses.”

Three 700-square-foot homes are being built by students in the Rescue Mission of Utica’s Skills for Success program. The “Small House” initiative is a partnership between the Rescue Mission, the city of Utica, Mohawk Valley Community College, and the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, which is funding the project.

The homes being built at 1014 Noyes Street will be rent-to-own for low-income families, and they haven’t yet been spoken for.

“It's a great opportunity for someone who has never had that opportunity to have that piece of the American dream, to be able to have a property like this and to have it paid off in less than a third of the time of a traditional mortgage,” said Jim Haid, executive director of the Rescue Mission of Utica.

Students in the program learn carpentry, masonry and lead abatement, among other trades, and get credit towards an associate’s degree through MVCC. This year’s class has 13 students, who have already pre-fabricated all of the walls for the three Small Houses, which will be put in place this week.

Skills For Success has enrolled more than 40 students over the last three years.

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