Utah Nonprofit Plans To Build Tiny Homes For Ex-Offenders

May 7, 2018

A Provo-based nonprofit plans to offer an alternative solution to the housing crisis ex-offenders face across Utah.

Fresh Start Ventures is building tiny homes, or places ex-offenders can live with all the amenities found in a normal-sized home compacted into a small space, in the range of 100 to 400 square feet (9.3 to 37.2 square meters).

In Utah County, Pleasant Grove, Lindon and Eagle Mountain allow tiny homes to be used as an accessory dwelling on the same land as a full-sized home.

The Fresh Start homes will range from $30,000-$70,000, compared to $250,000, the average cost of a single-family home in Utah County.

Fresh Start hopes to build three tiny homes that will be modeled at the Fresh Start Ventures Tiny Home Showcase from Aug. 22-25 at University Place Mall in Orem.