youth housing promise
Youth Housing Promise is a new housing program in response to the affordable housing crisis that disproportionately impacts young men and women of color.
More than 30% of those who attend SJCC+CS lack stable housing, impacting their ability to focus on their education and learn marketable job skills.
A stable home would give them a sense of security and improve their overall well-being.
Provide paid job training in the construction trade industry to SJCC+CS students
Train to build tiny homes on wheels
Place tiny homes in host families' backyards
Match SJCC+CS students needing housing with host families
Students pay below-market rents they can afford
Host families receive passive rental income
What are tiny homes on wheels?
Tiny homes are:
Dwelling units with full living amenities
Units sit on top of a trailer
The trailer allows them to be towed (they are not self-propelled)
The trailer is registered with DMV
The dwelling is built to ANSI or NFPA code
Utilities (water, electricity, and sewer) connect to a primary home
They are NOT RVs or travel trailers
They are NOT sleeping cabins
In the Bay Area, tiny homes are only permitted in backyards of single-family homes in unincorporated Santa Clara County and in the city of San Jose
Tiny homes on wheels are built with full living amenities in a
160 sq. ft. (18'L x 8'6"W plus a 2'x4' niche) of living space and:
Flexible living space accommodates up to two people with fold-out futon and murphy bed; fold-out bar table and stools
Full bathroom: sink, medicine cabinet, toilet and shower
Appliance package: HVAC mini-split, washer/dryer, LED lighting, and keypad entry system
Kitchen: Counter space, sink, refrigerator, freezer, stovetop and microwave/hood
Host a tiny home on wheels in your backyard and help a student succeed
Earn $500/mo in Rental Income
If you live in Santa Clara County and would like to become a Host Family:
Sign up on our interest list
Complete a Host Family Profile when you receive a callback
Successfully pass a background check
Complete a Backyard Lease Agreement
Schedule installation and utility connections
Get matched with students
Start receiving rental income
If you would like to become a Host Family and earn rental income please join our interest list.
If you are a public agency interested in purchasing tiny homes, please contact us at:
Read our virtual presentation as part of Affordable Housing Month:
Corpsmembers & students
If you would like to work in construction, please contact your supervisor. If you need housing please contact Mayra Mejia, Director of Support Services:
Join SJCC+CS and obtain job training:
If you would like to contribute to the success of this program and its students without hosting a tiny home in your backyard, you may make a tax-deductible charitable contribution instead.