205: Building Small Homes for the Holidays – Smalltimore Homes

Host Kariesha Martinez interviews LaQuida Chancey, the founder of Smalltimore Homes. Baltimore, like many cities, struggle with housing insecurity which has been made even more dangerous during COVID and now the winter. LaQuida’s solution is simple: build homes, small ones. These micro-shelters offer protection from the cold and allow social distancing for people experiencing homelessness.

Smalltimore Homes, is driven by a single goal; ending homelessness.  This simplistic goal can be reached by creating more affordable housing through micro shelters and tiny homes.  Their approach is informed by comprehensive research studies and high-quality data evaluation. They strive to build strong communities, productive relationships and make a positive impact on all of their pursuits. 

LaQuida Chancey is an experienced real estate investor, entrepreneur, IT manager, and owner of Xavier Estates, LLC, a full service real estate company. In February of 2018, LaQuida started Smalltimore Homes, an affordable housing nonprofit.

The mission of Smalltimore Homes is to provide those experiencing homelessness with transitional housing through micro-shelters and permanent housing through tiny homes. Community partners would provide supportive wrap around services, while Smalltimore focuses on the housing. Ultimately, the goal is to help the target population maintain housing. Monthly financial intelligence programs and weekly micro-shelter building activities are a catalyst to engage community members and spread initiative awareness. Support their COVID Response Village by visiting www.SmalltimoreHomes.org.

LaQuida holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Mathematics minor from Spelman College.

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