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In the Pacific Northwest, people with nowhere else to go are forming micro-communities with communal kitchens and toilets but teeny, individual sleeping units. Could tiny homes, once the provenance of design blogs, help curb homelessness nationwide?


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Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 5:40 am
I've seen reports on this, but they aren't inexpensive enough to build. Trailers are just about the same.

Animae C (509)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 5:52 am
So cute!

T.Y. Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 6:44 am
it might also help solve the problem of isolation for single individuals

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 6:45 am
There is really an extensive article connected with the title. Isn't so much the "chic" that are living in them as the little places that churches or towns have set aside and many of these have been built very inexpensive by what the homeless have found.

This article covers a few of these places that have sprung up from those who pretty much made their own with no heat or running water inside to a non profit development that did install water and heat, and yes, those run a little more in price.

So the tiny home that are cute......yes, I've seen those.......and the homeless are certainly trying to fix them as best they can to be home and look nice.......these tiny homes are an impromptu solution to a dire problem that continues to grow in the USA and other Countries as well. Income inequality and austerity measures has a lot of people looking to alternative means to keep some type of roof over their head.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 10:13 am
Adorable--love these homes! Thx Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 4:00 pm
They're functional and serve a purpose, and so it's a great idea!

Freya H (345)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 7:19 pm
These mini-houses are an excellent idea. We need to exorcise the mentalities of Keeping Up with the Joneses and Owning More S--t Makes You Happy. Less is more! Besides, if you live in a tiny house, think of how much smaller your ol' carbon footprint will be.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:14 am
Thank you

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:47 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:30 am
Thanks Sheryl.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:38 am
What a touching article. Everybody on our planet needs to have a cozy nest. Freya H. says it all. Thanks for sharing.

Darlene W (289)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:58 am
Love these -- would live in one myself.

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:25 am
This has bee on our news here in the Pacific NW. I have a small home but I think that's just too small for me and the kitties.

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 7:33 am
Love these... thanks so much for sharing Dandelion! Noted!

Peter Blattner (86)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:20 pm
Sorry, but I love my 200 year old wooden house with several rooms and a garden some more! In such 'a micro house I would get claustrophobic.
Less military spending and also in America could do something more for the poor. The US problem lies elsewhere: 1% owns 99% of all money!

Lilo Prinz (23)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:40 pm
I agree with Peter Blattner. this is Utopia! homless people are very different, in religion, colors.... do you think they will cook together in a communal kitchen? and how can a homless pay for this little room? I think this is the wrong way to help homlesses. they need also privat sphere like you and me.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 2:45 pm
This article should not be confused with the tiny home movement that some may be aware of. Some people by "choice" choose to live in tiny homes, as I said above, for some it's "chic" or for others as Freya mentions they are doing their best to lower their carbon footprint. I've seen those videos, read those stories, this is not one of them.

So yes, for many, if they have a choice, they may not want to live in these tiny homes, and that is okay, if one is able to afford a bigger home or a larger apartment so be it. This however, is an option for those who have no place to live and is better than living on the streets, under a bridge or even in a shelter where they must leave in all sorts of weather every day and then stand in line each late afternoon in hopes of getting a bed to sleep at night again.

This option gives them an assurance of a roof until they can obtain employment, get their addiction under wraps, obtain the mental health they need, or perhaps they are in between having been able to work and are in wait for their disability to come through. Besides every day people work together with various backgrounds, skin color, and religions, share the same cafeteria, just like children do in school now and sit and work side by side in classrooms. In fact as this article reflects people ARE doing this already, sharing a communal area for cooking and recreation.

I agree, that it would be wonderful to be able to have one's own little place with washroom, cooking area within it, as one of these options mentioned showed, and a communal building for get togethers. Those were a more expensive options and was done by some groups rather than a church setting aside land and the people sort of made what they could. When one is homeless, this option of a safe place to sleep and a communal kitchen is far better than being at the mercy of the elements 24/7. If our Govt.s would do better in making sure that the economic systems were not so skewed, as they are allowed man made systems, then there should be no one homeless. We need to push our Leaders to do better with this unbalance and inequality within our systems.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:05 pm
Good option for the homeless. thx

Patricia N (9)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 11:18 pm
Wonderful article. Thank you Dandelion. More and more towns and cities are realizing that you can't get yourself together if you don't have some kind of home base. Some people will never get their problems solved but we should be helping them....not kicking them to the curb. A lot of people have just simply lost their jobs and then their homes and find themselves homeless. If they don't have an address, they cannot collect welfare, food stamps, or other help. It's a catch 22. I hope more towns and cities start realizing this. It's the same here in Canada with cutting social services and losing jobs and better-off people calling people losers and no compassion. Things will have to change with more and more people becoming poor because of high rent and housing.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 10:17 am
I love tiny homes, mobile or stationary. There are several sites on the web one can look up and go to. I would love to dump this behemoth of a home on the market, sell it and get us into a way smaller home--like 600 to 800 sq ft. Thanks for sharing, Sheryl.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 10:20 am
PS.....the tiny home movement also includes this type of housing for the homeless and many homeless people LIKE it and live in them they also help build them.

john d (152)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 12:11 pm
This is a great idea .People coming together and helping each other. It shows the government up a treat.OK it might not ideal, but when you way up the alternative it will be a god send.

Kamia T (89)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 2:52 pm
Anything that gives a person a way out of the elements; a greater feeling of safety and the possibility of re-integrating with society because they have a place they finally feel like they belong is a good thing. I'd rather fund these than traditional shelters, which often just become a place for homeless people to be robbed, mugged or worse.

S J (124)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 3:30 pm
I hope people in need can earn the tiny house, thank you Dandelion.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday February 20, 2015, 12:22 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 12:07 pm
It's better than nothing...
Even so, with the technology we have today, every human should have a proper and comfortable home.
For free of course...

Don H (45)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 6:25 am
No one should go homeless in a nation that can afford trillions for a faked up counterproductive war of choice.

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 7:55 pm
As long as the people really need it, which too many do...
what I mean is that someone decides they just want a free home
wonderful idea!
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