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The City of Imperial is celebrating the Lotus Living Tiny Homes Project

It's one of many projects to be completed in the city to provide relief for homeless locals in need.

 EL CENTRO, Calif. ( KYMA, KECY) - There were many tears today; they were tears of joy. These tiny houses will be used for homeless college students to help them pursue education and follow their dreams.

An emotional celebration as homeless college students in the Imperial Valley are now able to achieve their educational goals.

City of Imperial leaders worked together to house these students who have been struggling to find something most of us take for granted.

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia was in attendance saying that this is just the beginning.

“This is the first step to many many more projects in the region, whether it be to address the housing crisis for students, the housing crisis that impacted many families because of this pandemic," he said.

Imperial Valley College's Superintendent and President Dr. Martha Garcia had the vision to create this community. For her this is a dream come true.

“There are very limited housing opportunities for students in the nation, and not only in California, caring as much as I do for my students it's what drove me to make that vision become a reality," she said.

One student, 28-year-old Cierra Gibbs, tells us without this she wouldn’t have been able to pursue a higher education.

“Having this is helpful because I probably wouldn’t be in school right now, without stability you can’t really do anything,” she said.

Now Cierra is letting other students know about this housing program to help them as well. For the city this is just the first step in ensuring that students and families of low income get the help they need.

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