Land donation brings Tucson tiny-house village within reach

By Caitlin Schmidt | Arizona Daily Star

A local nonprofit working to build a tiny house village for unsheltered people has received a sizable land donation and is now working to secure funding.

The Homing Project was started in 2021 by former El Rio doctor J. Kristin Olson-Garewal and her son, Raj Garewal, who has experience working with similar projects in Southern California. They teamed up with Catalytic Health Partners to provide wraparound services for residents and in March, told the Star about their difficulties securing land amidst the current real estate market.

Less than a week later, the group received an offer to use nine acres of land free of charge for the next five years, Olson-Garewal told the Star.

“We’re working with community leaders to find out (neighbors’) concerns,” Olson-Garewal said.

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