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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.
our Approach
  • 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

  • Move-in day!

  • Start receiving rental income

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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.

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