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Mini Homes of Manitoba has partnered with Long Plain to build 12 tiny homes for the First Nation this summer. (CBC) The hockey arena in Long Plain First Nation will be abuzz with activity this summer, but instead of the sounds of a hockey game coming from the building, it will be construction and sweat equity.

A building spree aimed at reducing the constant need for housing in Long Plain is set to get underway next week. The project will be the largest of its kind in Manitoba and one that could turn into a model for other communities.

Long Plain, located 95 kilometres west of Winnipeg, has partnered with Mini Homes of Manitoba to build 12 compact homes this summer for single people or couples that otherwise don’t have a place to go.

"There’s a big demand for homes," said Dennis Meeches following a meeting with Mini Homes officials on Tuesday. "We can’t satisfy the appetite for that, the demand for homes; It’s huge."

Meeches said the First Nation has faced housing challenges for years. Those moving back to Long Plain have either had to live in transitional housing or with their parents. It’s meant some of Long Plain’s young adults don’t get the independence they want. Six mini homes will be built at a time in the arena at Long Plain First Nation starting next week. Modifications to the overhead door need to be completed first, however. (Riley Laychuk/CBC) Compounding matters, dozens of homes were damaged last summer when a tornado ripped through the community. Thirty homes were rendered uninhabitable. Largest project to date

Anita Munn, co-owner of Mini Homes of Manitoba, said this is the largest project her company has undertaken to date; the most homes they’ve had on the go to date has been two.

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