The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved the construction of four “Tiny Homes” on County-owned land throughout the Keys. These tiny homes will serve as code-compliant models for residents who are rebuilding after losing their homes during Hurricane Irma.
More than 4,000 homes throughout the Keys were destroyed or majorly damaged by Hurricane Irma. Many of these lost residences were mobile homes, which provided affordable/workforce housing.
The County solicited vendor proposals to design and build four different resilient code compliant prototype tiny homes on County-owned land. These replacement homes will be safer and better suited to survive future storms.
After the model phase is over, these homes will become affordable County employee housing.
Six vendors responded to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction of the tiny home models. These vendors submitted proposals for 26 combinations of tiny houses and land sites. There were fourteen different house types proposed. They ranged in size from 360 to 1,560 square feet and from an efficiency to a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home.
The County selected four customized single-family home designs that will cost a total of $656,496 to construct. Here are the designs and locations:
For more information, go to www.monroecounty-fl.gov/tinyhomes.
There are several state and federal initiatives in the County to assist homeowners with replacements using grant funding and other resources.
Rebuild Florida has been allocated $50 million through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program to repair, rebuild and elevate primary homes damaged by Hurricane Irma. The registration deadline for this program is Dec. 23, 2018. Residents should apply at 844-833-1010 or go to RebuildFlorida.gov.