The city of Clovis is expanding its Cottage Home Program to qualified home buyers within city limits.
The program started back in 2017, with the goal of cleaning up unused alley space within Old Town. Clovis Planning Director Dwight Kroll said cities from around the world have reached out to find out more about the project.
“We have been really happy with how people have received this,” said Kroll. “They seem to enjoy it. Each of them put their own special spin. As you go inside, you will see a little bit of unique in this one.”
The program works by letting residents with alley access to have a design template for free to build an under 500-square-foot tiny home, saving residents an estimate of $10,000. 10 homes have been built and another is being built on Andrew Casado’s property.
“We will probably rent it out,” said Casado. “And I think that is the case with a lot of people who are building or will build.”
The homes are meant to house two people, whether that is renters, tourists, or family members. Because of the success of the program, Clovis has now expanded the project from only Old Town to all of Clovis.
In Manuela Jimenez’s current home, she says she does not have sufficient electricity or enough closets. However, she plans on being moved into her new cottage home by December.
“I am excited about it,” said Jimenez. “I am excited and I need it.”
According to the city, over two hundred residences in Old Town qualify for the program and even more in the entire city.
Clovis Cottage Home Program was recognized by the American Planning Association in terms of affordable housing.