youth housing promise
If you would like to become a Host Family and earn rental income please join our interest list.
If you are interested in purchasing a tiny home for personal use, please join our interest list:
If you would like to work in construction, please contact your supervisor. If you need housing please contact Myra Mejia, Director of Support Services:
Read our virtual presentation as part of Affordable Housing Month:
Join SJCC+CS and obtain job training:
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 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.