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Canadian Millionare Building a Tiny House Community for Unhoused

The unhoused population in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where millionaire Marcel LeBrun lives, has been a growing problem for years. When LeBrun sold his start-up company, he decided to solve the problem himself — by building 99 permanent homes for his city. While he admits he could easily fill 200 homes, he thinks it’s a step in the right direction.

Besides full houses, complete with bathrooms and kitchens, the community will include a coffee shop and screen printing factory where residents will be able to work. There will also be mental health and other services on-site offered to residents. The gated community has plenty of security cameras to keep everyone safe. Enjoy the pictures and watch the news story below.

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An aerial shot of part of the community.

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The homes have little front porches where residents can spend time.

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Marcel (middle) and some of the current residents.

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VIDEO: Millionaire builds 99 tiny homes to help his community


  • Millionaire sold his company and used the money to build 99 tiny homes in New Brunswick, Canada.
  • Each tiny house is a complete home, with a bathroom and a kitchen.
  • The community will be home to a coffee shop to employ the homeless individuals, as well as a screen printing shop where they can work.
  • The houses are solar-powered! Which is great for the environment.
  • The community has gated access and security cameras, to keep residents safe.

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  • vivian
    November 2, 2023, 4:48 pm

    What an amazing thing to do. I’ve personally seen millionaires lose $10K a week at things like the racing tracks (I worked there) so seeing someone do something that helps so many.. he can be proud. Kudos to you!

  • November 2, 2023, 5:04 pm

    Brilliant stuff and let’s hope that sets a precedent for other free enterprise people with the dosh to do it with.

  • Lee Baldwin
    November 2, 2023, 7:09 pm

    Would love to know more about how the financing works on this project (with an eye towards how to learve from it and duplicate it). Went to the website, but other than encouraging investment there was not a lot of nuts and bolts there. Very inspiring.

  • Maria Kentala
    November 3, 2023, 7:10 am

    What a wonderful thing to do. If I had millions that is what I would do. But I only have three thousand. So many homeless people in my city. I see them every day. They live in cars,trucks and tents. Rents are so high. A one bedroom is 1,350.00 per month.

  • Alison
    November 4, 2023, 7:45 pm

    I love seeing this. I wonder how the cost compares to an equivalent number of units in a large apartment complex. Multi story apartments would allow more units on the same amount of land, but might not be as appealing. Also, these houses can be built one at a time, as funds allow. Good for a place where land is not the main cost. Where I live, in coastal California, a plot of land that size would be hard to come by, and would cost a fortune, unless it was in a remote area where there are no jobs or services. But I love the idea of this.

  • BJ
    November 12, 2023, 12:19 am

    Its a good start. We cant expect him to do this. But , he did.
    Tiny homes are fantastic. Small footprint. Using solar. Better.
    Giving them a means to work, to do it better themselves. I would say, there are rules in place so they can stay in a home.
    Stability is huge. Getting help with mental health is major. Thanks for stepping up. An encouragement to many.

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