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Zack Giffin and Operation Tiny Home for Veterans

This is an announcement for a new workshop that teaches carpentry skills while building tiny homes for veterans facing homelessness.


Grass Valley, Calif., July 14, 2016 – FYI’s “Tiny House Nation,” co-host and tiny home builder, Zack Giffin, has partnered with Operation Tiny Home, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to conduct a series of tiny home building workshops. The workshops are part of Operation Tiny Home’s Building a Better Future: Training and Education Program, and will teach participating veterans basic carpentry and building techniques while constructing tiny homes to support veterans struggling with housing.

The first workshop will run from July 22-24 in Pleasant, Wisconsin to support the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. The three day workshop will teach job skills to veterans, while constructing a tiny home that will provide transitional housing for a homeless veteran through the James A. Peterson Veteran Village.

Video: Zack’s Tiny House Workshop Announcement

You can learn more about upcoming workshops with Zach Giffin here: http://www.operationtinyhome.org/zackgiffinveterantinyhomeworkshop/

Collaborative workshops around the country are being organized, with plans in Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, California, and Washington. “We are thrilled to partner with Zack Giffin, one of the nation’s most recognized tiny home builders,” said Gabrielle Rapport, Operation Tiny Home Executive Director. “There are many grass roots efforts that share our vision, but need support through structure and funding. By offering these like-minded groups the support they need, together we can create a greater impact. The purpose of these workshops is to provide struggling veterans with a sense of purpose, provide them with practical job skills, and contribute a lasting impact in the local veteran housing community with the tiny homes that are built as part of the program.”

The tiny house movement is a growing part of the affordable housing trend, which reflects a desire among Americans to enjoy a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. This pared down lifestyle can offer a unique solution to the many housing challenges faced by veterans, while offering a high level of independence and dignity.

“Many people have reached out to me from numerous states, all with the same objective – to build tiny homes for veterans,” said Zack Giffin. “Veterans need quality, yet affordable homes, that provide dignity with their living situation, security, and an opportunity to be supported by their country. By bringing awareness and funding through Operation Tiny Home, we hope to become an organization that jumpstarts the efforts of veteran programs all around the country. It’s about recognizing that financial stress and housing insecurity play a huge part in the mental well-being of many of our nation’s veterans. I believe that by utilizing veterans to build tiny houses for veterans, we can help address housing needs and at the same time provide a pathway to expedited learning of a valuable employment asset.”

FYI’s hit television series “Tiny House Nation,” follows renovation expert Zack Giffin and host John Weisbarth as they travel across America showing off ingenious small spaces and the innovative people who live in them. Along the way, they help families design and construct their own mini dream homes, each no larger than 500 square feet. No matter how daunting a job may appear, from the very start of each building process, John and Zack will prove to new tiny home owners that they don’t necessarily need the amount of space they initially thought they couldn’t live without. Micro-living does not mean giving up luxury – it means gaining financial independence and simplifying life in more ways than one. All-new episodes of “Tiny House Nation” air on Saturday’s at 9pm ET on FYI. For more info visit: www.fyi.tv

About Operation Tiny Home
Operation Tiny Home is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that assists people to maintain a life of dignity through pay-it- forward tiny housing solutions. The Operation Tiny Home Pay-It-Forward Veteran Housing Program provides independent housing for veterans in need of a secure, safe and comfortable home. Learn more at http://www.OperationTinyHome.org

For more information, contact:
Operation Tiny Home
(650) 282-3588 [email protected]

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  • Mary Sparling July 18, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Great idea! the veterans in this country deserve our respect and a great thanks for all of their service so we can live free…I worry when and if something happens to my husband, I know I would not be able to keep up our home and our way of life. I watch your show and take notes weekly hoping to live tiny one day but my son would have to build it for me as I’m handicap. my husband was in at the time of the vietam war and they were NOT treated as the heros they really were keep up the good work and God Bless

  • Kathy Grey July 18, 2016, 6:35 pm

    Way to go, Zach! You’re a good man.

  • Rilla Simmons July 18, 2016, 8:01 pm

    This is great! Thanks Zach for taking the time to help our veterans, this is needed!

  • Donna July 19, 2016, 1:41 am

    We watch John and Zach all the time. I love to watch them. I’m proud that Zach is doing this. He has a phenomenal mind as well as skills.

  • Trish Dee July 19, 2016, 12:18 pm

    I am a Navy veteran and on a limited income. So far I have managed to stay “afloat” in a regular apartment. However, the rents keep going up and up, and my income is stretched to its limits. I don’t know how much longer I can live here. I don’t want to become a Section 8 person and my goal is to have a THOW or a container house on a pier foundation. It’s great that Zack is part of the Veteran’s Housing Program. I”m also an avid fan of his and John’s show. They do great work.

  • rachel July 19, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Wonderful. The tiny house movement has limitless opportunities to help anyone and everyone have a home, even a small one to live with dignity and a roof over their heads. NO ONE should be homeless, or hungry. We just need to work together to achieve. namaste’, rachel

  • Susan July 25, 2016, 4:13 pm

    Another great example of what a kind-hearted man Zack is!!!! So awesome to give to our Veterans who served to allow us to be free and have the choice to live tiny!!! XXXOOO

    • Alex July 25, 2016, 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Susan!

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