Tiny Homes Are Making a Big Difference
I’ve been a long-time supporter of the tiny homes movement, especially when it leads to greater self-sufficiency for those with low incomes, and all the benefits for them and for society of home ownership.
Many people can’t afford a full-size homes, but tiny houses can make great starter homes. They’re relatively inexpensive, safer, and warmer than living in cardboard boxes, and often much better maintained than most over-crowded housing units in the poorest neighborhoods.
Tiny houses can offer hope and help for those with low-paying jobs. They are not a silver bullet for all the problems homelessness can create, but tiny houses can be a substantial part of the solution.
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I agree and I too am a supporter of the tiny Home idea. Unfortunately, many places are regulating them and are outlawing them in certain areas. I don’t know how broadly this ban is but I don’t think it serves the needs of the people who can’t afford a regular house. I hope this changes.
I think some fear such projects can create mini-slum areas, but that is easily remedied as has been proven by an ever-growing number of successful projects. Pride of ownership helps, and for the projects where the residents don’t own the houses, strict enforcement of rules designed to keep everyone safe have made a huge difference. One has to earn the right to live there.
I heartily agree with you Russ!
Thank you for your feedback, Misifusa!
i love the idea of these russ, and the hope they offer to some without many options –
I’d love for this and similar ideas to catch on wherever they are needed.
I have long loved the tiny house movement. We halved our house size when we moved. I would halve it again if it wasn’t for the difficulty of finding the ‘where’ to move to.
Yes, city zoning can make it difficult to add tiny houses. Allowing them for the homeless and people near- and below poverty-levels can save government entities so much money in reduced police calls and emergency runs for EMT’s and ambulances, etc, that I suspect more will come around to the idea. Even for people who can afford larger homes, it is nice to have the choice to live in the size of home one wants. With buildable land getting scarce and the cost of homes soaring in some places, tiny homes can be a substantial part of the solution.
I’m with you 100% Russ.
I had to look up what you mean in the attached video. They look lovely and have everything you need. I think in America everything is always big so a tiny home is not the norm. In the UK there are some really sweet tiny places but it is ok to have it. Most important is that it is your 4 walls. Shame that some states ban the tiny homes.
I agree; owning four walls can have a profoundly positive influence on people. I believe the bans are put into place by local government (municipalities and counties) as part of a NIMBY mindset, as in, “Tiny homes might be an okay idea elsewhere but Not In My Backyard” (nowhere close to where I live.) Good ideas can die if everyone chooses NIMBY. I’m grateful to the communities who are finding ways to successfully overcome the NIMBY objection.
I completely agree! I’ve also been a fan of them for years, and tomorrow, I’m actually giving a presentation on them to my Humane Education class, explaining how they can be good for the environment and also for those of low income, or those who just can’t afford to live in an expensive apartment or home. You’re right – they can’t solve all problems, but they can definitely touch on a few.
It’s certainly a good start! May your presentation enlighten others to all the benefits of the concept.. Good luck, Terri!