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Tiny Houses Helping Homeless in the US

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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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  • 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- Robert@efablocal. They were featured at the White House at a “Makers Exhibition.”

  • Dan Whittman
    August 18, 2022, 5:05 am

    ‘‘Tiny Homes’ Homeless Project Please Contact Me ASAP

    Most Honorable Members:

    My dearly departed, disabled, senior citizen friend of 68 years just passed away on 7/23/2022 and now I am dealing with the details of giving away the possessions he and I shared during our 32 years of traveling together to the local food bank that helps disabled children and adults here in Blythe, CA. and I’m also tying up all the details of his sudden passing.

    I need to contact the ‘tiny home’ project with whom you are affiliated, because I want to publish my friend’s incredible and beautiful life story with a publisher located in the USA and I only have a small nest egg saved which would get eaten up in a week if I try to find a condo or house or an apartment to buy anywhere, really.

    His passing, though inevitable because of his age of 1 month shy of 80 and the fact that he was born with mild autism and cerebral palsy, as the result of an early birth at 8 months in 1942, was unexpected because he was recovering quickly and steadily from being somewhat ill and we were so hopeful that he would recover fully and I could move him and I in a van to one of the American states where we could get him quality health care services and so forth, but that was not in God’s plan for my lifelong friend, whose love for his God and his fellow human beings was amazing to me from the day that I first met him in 1954.

    Therefore, please contact me ASAP because I only have a few days left in Blythe, California and I am sorry that I have not written to you sooner, but I was so overwrought with grief I couldn’t think or even see straight until yesterday.


    Dan Whittman

    My Cell Phone # is (1) 442-306-0208 and you can leave a voice mail message for me a few seconds after the call connects and you will get a pre-recorded prompt to leave a message.

    My mailing address is:

    Dan Whittman
    PO Box 935
    Blythe, CA 92226-0935

    But that will stop taking mail in about a week and go on hold until I have a new home and mailing address, so please send something ASAP because time is short for me here in Blythe, CA 92225.

    Thank you for your time and interest.


    Dan Whittman

    (1) (1) 442-306-0208
    (2) [email protected]

    Also, my email is:

    [email protected]


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