Benson High School students have completed ten tiny houses for residents of the Right to Dream Too encampment on Thunderbird Way, west of the Rose Quarter, where the group moved in mid-June when it had to leave its previous site downtown by the Chinatown gate.
The students began working on the houses a year ago with an outpouring of community support after $8,000 worth of tools were stolen from a school building. Lowes’ home improvement stores replaced the tools and supplied a shipping container, according to a spokesman for the Portland Public Schools. In addition, community members donated $9,000 for construction supplies.
The students had the benefit of team teaching to complete the project, said spokesman Dave Northfield. They were in a Career Technical Education class and were joined by a second teacher who emphasized the math needed for construction, he said.