Rock Hill organization continues with tiny house initiative

- A Rock Hill organization is continuing on its path to bettering the lives of the homeless living in the city.

Their goal is to help put a roof over every person's head. But it's a project that is proving to be easier said than done.

The organizations first of several 120 square foot tiny houses is almost complete.

“We are just about finished with the exterior,” said Dale Dove, president and founder of Renew Our Community (ROC).

Once they are finished, they’ll begin work on the inside of the structure. And in no time, they should be ready to put the home on display for the community to weigh.

Dove says, if the community approves, they'll be one step closer to seeing their plan through.

“If you want to have a long-term solution accepted by the community it has to look and have the feel of a regular stick house,” said Dove. “And that's what it is.”

However, the organization also needs authorization from the city.

In a statement to FOX 46, Rock Hill Communications Manager Katie Quinn said, “There are state-mandated building codes and ordinances that affect what are typically considered to be tiny houses. These regulations would preclude the construction of the 120 square foot homes proposed by Renew Our Community within the city limits.

But, according to Dove, the state-mandated building codes are set to change come July, which means a nod from the city is all the organization needs.

“I think if we get authorization from the city to put these in places, we can probably build 50 of these, have about 50 of these done by the end of this year,” Dove said.

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