LakeCity Works supports people living with mental illness to build on their strengths, take on responsibilities and access work experience, education and employment. In summer 2018, LakeCity Works built a tiny house with the twin goals of increasing awareness around the lack of affordable housing and expanding its services to young people living with mental illness. Throughout its fundraising campaign, our Tiny Home traveled across Nova Scotia and raised over $68,000 in support of services for youth with mental illness. In January 2019, our Tiny Home Lottery draw was announced during a special livestreamed event, at which time a lucky local couple won our Tiny Home.

This summer, thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, our team of expert woodworkers will be joined by talented youth to build our second tiny home. LakeCity sees the Tiny Home Lottery as an innovative way to raise funds for its services and programs – all of which benefit Nova Scotians aged 19 + living with mental illness within HRM. As such, we will keep raising awareness and fostering dialogue around two interconnected social issues that impact our clients: affordable housing and mental illness.

The LakeCity Works Tiny Home project allows us to cultivate awareness around the lack of affordable housing for people living with mental illness, all the while offering local youth the chance to design and build a unique community project. It also serves a symbolic reminder that affordable housing is a complex socioeconomic issue that needs greater collective attention and action. Together, we look forward to fostering local engagement, advocating for change and building a meaningful project in support of the local mental health community.

Join the conversation on social media by following the hashtags #TinyHomeLottery and #LakeCityTinyHome as well as by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We encourage you to share our posts as a way of engaging in a larger dialogue around affordable housing and mental health. For more information or to support our project, email us at

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Recent photos of our TinyHome.

Congratulations to our 2019 TinyHome Lottery winners!

  • 1st Prize: David Paul from Halifax won a 8’ X 20’ Tiny Home.

  • 2nd Prize: Jack & Jackie Fauria from Dartmouth won a set of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastics.

  • 3rd Prize: K. Lewis from Sackville won a handmade wooden display cabinet.

Thanks to everyone who supported our TinyHome Lottery!!!

Lottery Licence # AGD-103876-18 | Lake City Employment Services Association Charitable Registration #88646 3496 RR0001

Click here to see the lottery rules.


Our incredible students hard at work building the 2018 Tiny Home.


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!