In June of 2016, 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties were hit with devastating floods. 1200 homes were destroyed during this disaster. The WV Department of Education rallied 12 technical schools from around the state to build tiny homes to help those left homeless by the floods. James Rumsey Technical Institute in WV’s Eastern Panhandle answered the call. High school students in the Carpentry and Electrical Technician programs will have a second house completed by the end of February. On February 14th, representatives from JRTI and Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle met to sign a contract for the construction of two more homes.

JRTI held an on-campus open house for the tiny home of Feb. 27, 2017, and the Martinsburg Lowe’s displayed the house March 3rd-5th before it was delivered to a young couple in Clay County, WV the following Monday.