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Locals Building Tiny House Village for Homeless in Chico, CA

I’m glad to announce that a team of good hearted people in Chico, California have organized the Chico Housing Action Team and their mission is to bring a tiny house village to serve their homeless population.

Right now there’s a growing trend of tiny house villages and communities being created to help the homeless population throughout the United States. I list current communities in this page.

If everything goes as planned for Chico’s first tiny house community it will open Winter 2014. This ‘village’ model has been working successfully in Portland for more than a decade and is now spreading throughout the country to benefit more people in need of truly affordable housing.

Related: Business Man Creates Tiny House Village for Homeless

Tiny House Village for Homeless in Chico, CA

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Related: Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon

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  • Mike
    June 23, 2014, 10:17 pm

    I like the idea of tiny homes as affordable options for the currently homeless however I don’t really like the idea of a tiny camp for homeless. What people need is home ownership where they can acquire something affordable and have it be theirs legally. There shouldn’t be any special rules, only the law we all live with. Until we change the laws where tiny homes on smaller plots are legal and until we help people obtain true home ownership even if tiny, all were doing is giving people a temporary place to live without ultimate security.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 23, 2014, 11:42 pm

    Hmmm, Mike, I am so torn. I have spent the last 10 years getting away from owning a single spot on this earth to being where I can take my tiny home (tiny bus)with its ever so special belongings wherever I want to go and not have to be tied to a place, town, or even state. I hold a job that allows me to do this, and I am loving it. So I am half agreeing with you that ownership of their homes is important and necessary for independence, but I don’t think anybody should be given a home for nothing, not even sweat equity. I also do not believe that tiny homes are not the ultimate answer to homelessness, but at the same time it is a necessary first step. Then what? Job training and placement, simple plan to purchase the tiny home once income is established, then maybe move it into a mobile home community of other independent people and become part of a neighborhood society. As better opportunities open up for that person or couple, they can take their home and go where this opportunity leads them. That is how I see tiny houses being used to help the currently homeless.

  • vstanley
    June 24, 2014, 7:01 am

    MC” You do not believe that this is not’?
    I believe these are available for the homeless,not given to them.Its a first step to personal stability.Once they are stabilized,then they can function on their own I guess?
    My problem is lots of people have trouble affording housing,despite working .
    Housing absorbs a huge % of their income.Maybe a community pf small homes would reduce that.Maybe not.We can only hope so.

  • Mike
    June 25, 2014, 12:10 am

    Hi Marsha, your life sounds wonderful. Alot of people in these camps would probably choose your lifestyle if they had the resources , heck anyone would, if only for a time. Even though it’s not on a lot it is your own, a place to hang your hat. I’m all for it, but it does require some special circumstances to make work. I think everyone just wants a place of their own, a place of not only independence, but security, a place that cannot be taken away from them. Security is the thing that I believe we are longing for today, perhaps it is our own greed in chasing the unaffordable that we lack it, perhaps because their is not much that is affordable. Tiny homes are not good just for the homeless, they’re good for everyone who want more freedom, more independence, more security, and more ease in life. Tiny house camps are fine for what they are- temporary, but what we need is real opportunity, not just for homeless but for everyone who wants a simple, inexpensive place to live, that is their own.

  • carlina
    February 16, 2015, 3:03 am

    Olympia is NOT Seattle! However, there in a few tiny houses for the homeless in Seattle. Is on a hillside where I-90 meets I-5. They are salmon colored (how appropriate). There are still a lot of tents above and to either side of the tiny houses, so yes, the need is huge.

  • Monika Vest
    May 21, 2019, 3:40 pm

    I need Housing can pay 500 per Month Monika Vest 1297 Park Avenue Chico,CA 95928

  • e.a.f.
    March 4, 2020, 7:36 pm

    Many people who are homeless actually work full time. They just can’t afford the rents on the salaries they are paid. In Victoria, B.C. many who work min. wage jobs can afford only $800 per month. You can’t even find a room in a house for that, if its even half decent. Many people are unofficially homeless, they couch surf from friend to friend. Not all homeless are people with “issues”.

    As the cost of living increases many seniors can no longer afford rent. If you’re only source of income is the federal government in Canada, you receive approx. $1,400 a month. You can’t rent and feed yourself on that.

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