Volunteers continue construction of tiny home village in Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A tiny idea is taking off in big ways, as local volunteers piece together planks of wood to shape their first tiny home. 
Wednesday morning, project leader Michael Cohoon, and four volunteers began building the walls and installing windows for their tiny home. A tiny home village is where 12-ft by 8-ft houses are built to provide an overnight stay for people in need. 
News 18 first reported in early January when a group made up of 17 area churches called Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition began discussions with the Workforce Development's Homeless and Hunger Program, about homelessness in the city. 
Cohoon said the first tiny home will be installed on a trailer so that it can travel throughout Chippewa County to serve those in need. 
"We'll start putting the siding on them and insulating them," Cohoon said. "Then we'll start with the roof and get her finished up so we can be inside it."
Cohoon said eventually the coalition would like to create a permanent village of 10 tiny homes in Chippewa Falls, with a centralized building for showering, cooking and laundry services. He said construction on the first tiny home is expected to wrap up in April. 
To learn more about the project, visit the coalition's Facebook page. 
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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - It may take a village to build a house. That's why dozens of residents in Chippewa Falls are ringing in the new year with a tiny idea hoping to help the homeless population in a big way.
It's a concept called, “tiny home village”, where 12 by 8 foot houses are built to provide an over-night stay for people in need.
News 18 spoke with Michael Cohoon, the youth pastor of Landmark Christian Church in Chippewa Falls. He said the idea was born one year ago when a group made up of 17 area churches, Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition, began discussions with the Workforce Development's Homeless and Hunger Program, about homelessness in the city. Cohoon said the tiny home village is based off of a similar project that recently began in Madison. The initial plan is to have two to three tiny houses be built for mobile purposes so that the village can travel throughout Chippewa Falls and to other areas in the county that are in need. Cohoon said eventually, they'd like to create a permanent village of seven to ten tiny homes in Chippewa Falls with a centralized building for showering, cooking and laundry services.
"As you walk in, this would be the bathroom area, an area with a sink some type of chemical toilet probably to begin with and then just a living area. A lot of times in these tiny houses, the table will be against the wall and it'll unfold, couple of chairs so that you can eat here,” Cohoon motions in a marked area on the floor to show the size of a typical tiny home.
Cohoon said the project is still in its early stages. As far as getting proper permits and permission to move forward with the plan, he said he still needs to do more research on that.
As for the location of the village, Cohoon said he is looking at about nine different spots throughout Chippewa Falls. He said about one acre of land is needed. Cohoon said a tiny home can cost $5,000 to build and furnish.
He said he'd like to raise that money by spring 2016 so that staff can start building the first tiny home by April.