SD Mines team designing tiny houses to tackle homelessness

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A team of students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program is working on a design for tiny houses. The goal is to meet the need for Rapid City’s homeless population.

In partnership with the Western South Dakota Community Action Agency, the group is working to identify the critical design elements needed for a tiny house, such as accessibility, security, safety and ease of access for emergency responders.

The late Linda Edel came up with the tiny house idea.

“It was her goal that no one in Rapid City would ever freeze to death during the winter,” said team member Hannah Moen, a sophomore in metallurgical engineering.

“Much of our inspiration and excitement for this project comes from her passion,” said senior mechanical engineering student Jamie Caffee. “She is the person that really started this whole thing.”
The Tiny House Team includes Cheyanne Herbert, Kristen Haller, Ronald Kitoy, Devin Mollers, and Angel Nunez.