Lyme Living


HOUSING

I will create a tiny house community for people who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless due to health issues caused by Lyme disease and co-infections.

Located

Laurel, MD

The Where
Lyme disease is spreading fast. If not treated immediately with antibiotics, it becomes chronic. Once it becomes chronic, it is extremely difficult and expensive to treat. Many Lyme patients have lost their jobs and as a result their homes, because they are simply too sick to work. Many others are on the verge of losing their homes. This tiny house Lyme community will give people a place to live within their means where they can heal.

The Why
The latest numbers from the CDC indicate that 300,000 people are now being diagnosed with Lyme disease every year. Testing for Lyme is highly inaccurate, so there are many, many more people who are not being diagnosed and treated. If left untreated, Lyme can wreak havoc in a patient's body often causing neurological, cardiac, gastrointestinal, lymphatic, arthritis, and mental health problems. Many, many people have gone undiagnosed and are now too sick to work. As a result, they are losing their homes. This project will place people in tiny homes in a supportive community, where they will be able to live with dignity and heal.

The What
First, I plan raise enough money to acquire a piece of land or campground which can be zoned for tiny house living. Then I would like to work with local high schools and community colleges to build the tiny houses while their students learn construction skills. Ideally the community would also have a large building to be used as office space, for recreation, and with a kitchen to prepare meals for those that are too sick to cook for themselves.