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Vail teacher moves into first tiny house

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VAIL -- The Vail School District is creating a tiny house community for teachers and staff members. The first home is now finished and a teacher just moved in. Pretty soon there will be 23 more. 

With the Red For Ed movement sparking up last school year, it is no surprise that teachers do not make loads of money in Southern Arizona. 

The Vail District said they wanted to help these teachers survive in a housing market that is hard for young professionals across the state. 

Sydney Scharer just moved into the first one. She is a new teacher and she is in grad school. 

She said paying just a little over $550 a month in rent including utilities and WiFi is unreal. 

"I'm really thankful that the district has given us the opportunity to live somewhere and to save money," said Scharer. 

At about 400 to 600 sq. ft., the tiny houses might seem small, but Scharer said it is better than living in her previous apartment. 

"I don't feel inconvenienced at all by the size of the house," Scharer said. "It's actually plenty of space. We've come up with a lot of good storage solutions."

The Vail district said the space provides a good sense of community too. 

"One of the things we're really excited about is the opportunity to have our staff in a community that is walkable to three of our schools, walkable to shopping and restaurants and where they can establish their own community," said John Carruth, Vail Associate Superintendent. 

And staff members can not only rent, but purchase a tiny home. 

"Pyramid federal credit union stepped up and is willing to offer a loan package for our teachers to purchase a house on their own," said Carruth. "So they can literally begin investing in themselves instead of paying rent."

The land belongs to the district. 

Construction is set to begin on three more houses. When the community is fully completed there will be 24 tiny houses. 

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