oklahama city Dachianna Barry is getting her life in order after spending most of her childhood in Oklahoma’s foster care system. For the first time ever, the 20-year-old is living on her own for the Oklahoma-based nonprofit Pivot.
Pivot provides young people with a small home to live in as they begin their journey into adulthood. Many of the residents were homeless, like Barry, or out of the foster care system at age 18.
Barry said, “I’m very appreciative of what I have now, which was granted to me, because I had nothing.” “When I first came here, I didn’t have clothes. I didn’t have food.”
The nonprofit has 26 tiny houses at one location, paid for by state and federal grants as well as private donations. Residents initially pay $100 a month for a home of approximately 300 square feet, which includes living space, kitchen and bathroom.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, government statistics show that there are more than 200 homeless youth in Oklahoma.
Pivot CEO Jennifer Goodrich says the nonprofit also teaches residents basic life skills, which can help break the cycle of homelessness.
“A lot of times they’re not aware of what the steps are to go down that path, because they don’t necessarily know what the resources are, or where to go. [in the] To get that kind of access to the community,” Goodrich said.
Barry is now learning the basics and planning for a bigger future from his tiny home.
“I’ll take this opportunity like anyone else,” he said. “I think it’s the kind of opportunity that I don’t think anyone should pass up.”