Tiny Home Solution for Homelessness
The tiny home solution for homelessness is being tried in many cities. See the impact it's having on communities.
The tiny home solution for homelessness is being tried in many cities experiencing a rise in the number of people caught between static or falling wages and rising housing costs.
Detroit is having success with its project. Twenty-five houses were built for less than $45 000 each.
One of the innovative benefits of this tiny home solution is that after paying rent for 7 years, the renters are given ownership of the houses.
Watch the video for more details.
Detroit Makes Housing Affordable with Tiny Homes
That’s the good news story.
Here’s the bad news one – but it did have a happy ending.
Musician Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless
Elvis Summers, a musician raised $100 000 throughout crowdfunding to build tiny homes to help alleviate Los Angeles' huge homeless population. A successful tiny home solution for many of the 28,000 homeless people in that city. Many of them living on the streets.
At the time the video was recorded, houses had been provided for 40 people.
Each house was built with a steel reinforced door, two windows, carpet a camping toilet, smoke detector, two light bulbs and a phone charger powered by a solar panel on the roof. With a floor area of 60 sq.ft (6 sq. m.), they are small but infinitely more comfortable, secure and attractive than a tent or pile of cardboard and plastic sheeting. Houses are built on small caster wheels for easy unloading and movement. They cost $1200 to build, which is an extremely cost-effective way of providing housing.
Most of the houses were erected on private land. Some were placed on sidewalks and overpasses in the same locations as the homeless people had previously huddled in their tents. None of the tiny houses obstructed businesses or the flow of pedestrians.
Opposition to a Tiny Home Solution
Sadly, neighbours in conventional houses objected. The city announced a $2 billion plan to build houses to solve the accommodation crisis. On the same day city workers swooped down on the tiny houses on sidewalks, removed them and left the inhabitants with no shelter.
To replace the tiny home solution, the former house residents were forced to resort to the unsafe, insecure and unhygienic plastic sheets and tents.
The good news was that the city eventually agreed to give back the tiny houses which had been confiscated provided that they were not placed on city land or sidewalks.
Illegal Tiny Home Solution
The last video shows how some home-owners used subterfuge to get around planning requirements and avoid the hassle of obtaining permission from the authorities to build tiny homes.
So What's Hiding Behind This Garage?
These tactics are not recommended. Although some of the owners got away with their activities for years, it eventually cost them time and money and in some cases resulted in the demolition of their tiny houses.
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