Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.
The tiny houses making headlines today aren’t always the cool new micro dwellings for downsizers and creative nomads. In fact, if you set a Google alert for tiny homes, you’ll see that one topic comes up almost daily: tiny houses for the homeless.
Embracing a strategy of "Housing First"—the idea that addressing homelessness starts with giving folks a place to live—U.S. cities like Dallas, Detroit, and Portland already have micro home communities for the low-income or homeless up and running. New proposals are emerging in towns big and small all the time.
Below, check out an overview of 10 different tiny house villages for the underprivileged that have arisen over the last decade stateside, listed from the newest to oldest. The fact that they involve varying scales, amenities, and operating models suggests that whether tiny houses are a solution to homelessness is a question just as complex as addressing homelessness overall.
Are there initiatives like these happening in your area? Feel free to share in the comments below.Read More