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More Tiny Homes for the Homeless: Now in Seattle

Last month I told you about a business man who built a community of tiny houses for the homeless in Texas.

Ever since then I’ve been noticing more projects and non-profits who are on a similar mission.

This story begins with a group of homeless people protesting in a parking lot in the city of Olympia.

They did so by camping out in the parking lot in 2007 when, later, police forced them out.

After this, local churches started offering space for the people to camp in since they had nowhere else to go.

Today- several years later- it is a self-governed village of 30 permanent tiny cabins for the group to live in.

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Photo by Bettina Hansen for the Seattle Times

The community is called Quixote Village and it opened on Christmas Eve of 2013.

Residents, formerly homeless, are excited for this opportunity. And I’m excited for them.

How do you think we can encourage more people in our local areas to develop communities and housing similar to this?

And it doesn’t even have to be for the homeless. That’s just one way to do it.

I’m looking forward to a day where we see more and more housing of this size available to more people who want it.

Read the original story here.

Visit Quixote Village’s official website here where you can also donate to the cause if you wanted to.

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  • David Ridge December 30, 2013, 7:45 pm

    I wish that more metro areas would get this vision. As far back as somewhere in the ’90’s “Readers Digest” had an article on this very thing that took place in one of the Carolinas. Or, was it Georgia? I forget which! This was actually my first exposure to TH’s.

  • Jade Evoy March 1, 2014, 6:58 pm

    This projects $3 million dollar price tag divided by 30 units = $100,000 averaged cost per unit. Divide that $100000 by the square footage of each unit which is 144 – and the cost per square foot equals $694! The average cost for a custom new home is only around $200 per square foot. That means these tiny homes were more than three times more expensive to build than regular houses. I feel something very wrong is going on here. When there are so many examples on Tiny Homes newsletters of people housing themselves for $3,000 – $20,000 I have to wonder why this projects price tag is so much more expensive? It doesn’t make sense to me to pay $6 for a loaf of bread that should only cost $2. I would like to see a housing for homeless project that has numbers that make better sense than these do please.

    • kmtominey March 30, 2016, 12:19 am

      Keep in mind the cost of land, utilities, etc. Seattle’s tiny house communities were not so expensive. It also might include the common facility as it did in Seattle, Wa.

      Giving people vouchers for vastly overpriced substandard motel rooms is not the way to go. A tiny house works well. If you get systematic costs can come down a lot.

  • jack November 6, 2014, 9:52 pm

    I know it’s not a tiny house but Utah is doing something for the homeless. http://www.nationofchange.org/utah-ending-homelessness-giving-people-homes-1390056183

  • Rafael September 27, 2015, 1:20 pm

    How can I lend a hand would be interested in helping rebuild a community. Don’t like to see people struggling

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