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Portland Planning Village of Tiny Homes for Homeless

So far there have been a few areas in the United States adopting the tiny house movement’s principles as a way to uplift and empower the homeless using tiny house villages. That’s right. Tiny homes for the homeless.

We’ve seen it in Seattle. We’ve seen it in Texas. We’ve seen it in Wisconsin. We’ve seen it in Eugene, Oregon (Emerald & Opportunity Village). We’ve seen it in Chico, California.

And we’ve even seen success stories, like this formerly homeless couple who have been happily living tiny for 6+ months now.

The question is, where is it going to happen next?

One place that seems to be making definitive plans for it is Portland, Oregon where the mayor, Charlie Hales, is enamored with the concept.

Tiny House Villages Coming to Portland, OR to Benefit Homeless


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“TECHDWELL Axia™ micro-homes are being assembled in Oregon for use as transitional housing to help alleviate homelessness.

The TECHDWELL Axia™ micro-home utilizes recycled and recyclable and sustainable building materials. Optional solar pv electrical systems, rainwater collection and gray water reclamation enable units to be independently off-grid. Composting toilets provide for natural human waste management.

The TECHDWELL Axia™ micro-home assembly can be accomplished in 2 to 4 days. Minimal construction expertise, using basic hand tools. The pre-cast pin foundation system allows assembly in difficult terrain without earth altering site work. The Axia™ meets international building codes for strength and safety.”

Source: TechDwell.com


“He [Mayor Charlie Hales] allocated $2.25 million for homelessness, including $1 million for more outreach, referral and permanent housing for those now homeless and programs for youth homelessness. An additional $1 million would go for the Housing Investment Fund, which leverages federal and other money to build more units of affordable housing.”

Source: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/mayor/article/492021

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Read the original article over at Salon.com for more details.

Our thanks to Peter Christiansen for alerting us on this story!

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Lisalouise
    September 9, 2014, 7:55 am

    This is absolutely typical Oregon. I love it. Go Ducks!!!

  • Dorothy
    September 9, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Quixote village is a tiny house community for foerly homeless people in Olympia Washington.

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