Camp Fire survivor, son are first to move into tiny home

Luke and Colton Morrow have been living in shelters since the Camp Fire, and now they are moving into their own tiny home.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 11:53 AM
Updated: May 1, 2019 4:20 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Luke and Colton lost their home in the Camp Fire on Nov. 8, 2018. They were renters and FEMA hasn't helped them, they said.

They've been living in shelters since the fire destroyed everything but their car.

Luke said it's been a struggle, especially since both he and Colton, 8, face physical and mental challenges. Colton has been quiet and hasn't smiled much. Luke said the shelters don't have many children, and Colton has been lonely.

Alyssa Nolan works full-time overnight at an assisted living facility. She's the mother of three and lost everything she owned to the Butte Lightning Complex in 2008.

Nolan, of Concow, said it was her community that stepped in and helped her get back on her feet after everything she owned burned. So when the Camp Fire broke out, she knew she wanted to pay it forward.

Nolan had no building experience, but she watched YouTube videos and raised $5,000 to build her first tiny home. She hosted a party for Luke and Colton and handed over the keys Tuesday morning.

Many local businesses donated materials and countless volunteers have shown up to help.

Nolan said 7 more homes are under construction, and she has a waiting list of more than 300 people. To qualify, survivors must have been renters who didn't get any help from FEMA.

Nolan always needs volunteers, donations, gift cards and recycled materials. This busy mom is creative and can salvage almost anything.

Her build site is 1790 Montgomery Street in Oroville.

She said the more volunteers she gets, the more homes she can build. She’s asking people to show up Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To find out more about Nolan's Tiny Homes project, email her at campfiretinyhomes@gmail.com

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