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Tiny Houses Helping Homeless in the US

One group of people that could desperately use tiny houses are the homeless.

That’s why I’m usually for any project tailored to help provide micro housing (shelter) for homeless people.

And in many cases this doesn’t even have to be a fancy cabin with all of the comforts of home.

It just needs to be shelter from the elements and a place to safely keep and carry essential belongings for those without a home.

Tiny House and Micro Housing to Help the Homeless

It has not only made it into the major news at NBC but other media outlets too:

© NBC News

Do You Think Micro Houses Can Help End Homelessness?


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Video: Teacher Living in Dumpster to Experiment with Micro Living

I see the trend continuing to grow and hope that more micro homes, tiny houses, and other small shelters are created for people in need all over the United States as well as the rest of the world.

NBC News article on Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness.

CBS News article on Tiny Housing Helping Homeless People in US.

NY Times: Small World, Big Idea.

Oakland artist turns trash into homes for homeless.

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$3k Micro Houses for Homeless People in Madison, WI.

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  • LaMar
    March 1, 2014, 8:55 am

    A lot of my clients are homeless or soon to be homeless people that lost a job and have bad credit and can’t get a house loan or even qualify for an apartment. These are not typical homeless people but just people that hit bad times and the system does not give them a second chance.

    What we need are are areas set up where tiny houses are allowed without the restrictions and allow the use of alternative septic systems and alternative power. The Fed and states have land that could be set aside for that use.

    The biggest hang up is the city councils are usually run by real estate and housing developers and they are against tiny houses they can’t make money from.


  • Comet
    March 1, 2014, 6:39 pm

    @La Mar–Wait–what is a “Typical homeless” person? Druggie? Released criminal? Bag lady?

    There are many many reasons why a person might be homeless–what these people might be. BUT—what MOST of these people are is HOUSELESS.

    The SAD and SHAMEFUL thing is communities REFUSE to allow or help these people GET some sort of shelter. The “Hoovervilles” that have sprung up should be a HUGE slap in the face for these places—so they are bulldozing them and STILL leaving these people to FREEZE TO DEATH.

    Another mall? Sure thing! Golf course? Right this way. New school? Sorry no can do. Shelter? Nope not in OUR back yard.

    Meanwhile these SAME communities HAVE housing–think of all of those foreclosures and abandoned places—yet—these people are FORGOTTEN.

    We just saw a very disturbing film called BURN by Dennis Leary—ya know the “Rescue Me” guy—about Detroit and their abandoned house and fire problem. Answer to these problems–get people to LIVE in these places and CARE for them! And maybe even care for those who CAN’T care for THEMSELVES.

    We as a society have failed when we refuse to take care of the rest of us.

  • Warren Rosenkranz
    April 23, 2015, 2:01 pm

    I friend of mine (Robert Bridges) in Machipongo, VA makes shelters that can be used for the homeless or an emergency shelter. They come pre-packed in a skid like box and include all of the parts needed to make the shelter. If interested, you may want to contact him- [email protected] They were featured at the White House at a “Makers Exhibition.”

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