Gib Hayes and his dog, Sadie, stand outside their new tiny house in Emerald Village Eugene, which aims to provide a bridge for homeless people into conventional housing.

Gib Hayes and his dog, Sadie, stand outside their new tiny house in Emerald Village Eugene, which aims to provide a bridge for homeless people into conventional housing.

Chris Pietsch/Register-Guard

Gib Hayes, 76, says he doesn’t want to leave his house.

The weather isn’t keeping him indoors; he just loves his new home in Eugene.

“I don’t even want to go outside,” he said with a shy smile, standing outside the house. “It’s so nice in there.”

It’s also very small — just 236 square feet.

Hayes, who has been homeless off and on for several years, last weekend was the first person to move into a newly built tiny home at Emerald Village Eugene on Polk Street, in the Whiteaker area.

When completed by volunteers in the coming months, the 1-acre development will contain 22 homes ranging in size from 160 square feet to 353 square feet.

Read the full story at the Register-Guard.