Tiny House Housing

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Just as many people across the country are looking to tiny homes as an affordable housing option, there are also many communities that are looking to tiny house villages as a method of providing affordable living options for the homeless in their cities. These small villages of tiny homes, usually built by volunteers, answer many of the housing issues faced by cities with little affordable housing options and overwhelming homeless populations. These tiny house villages, however, are often plagued with challenges such as conflicting city ordinances, building codes, and zoning plans. Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On by Ericka Lundahl, published in Yes! Magazine, February 2014 looks at the costs, solutions, and…show more content…
First, in these cases land for the villages, labor for construction, and many of the materials to build were donated and volunteered. Second, the long term cost of operation and maintenance of the villages is not addressed. While neither of these issues are unsurmountable obstacles, they need to be considered by communities proposing tiny house villages as long-term solutions to homelessness.
Solving a Community Issue
Cost of Homelessness
As Lundahl points out, the cost of homelessness to communities can be quite substantial. The scope of the problem affects communities from the local neighborhood and city levels all the way up to state and federal levels. While her article points out that Denver, CO estimates that each homeless person costs over $15,000 per year, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness states that some studies have shown areas where this cost can reach $30,000 to $50,000 per year (Ending, 2017).
Whichever value is considered, it becomes clear that when comparing the cost of providing affordable housing solutions to the cost of addressing homelessness, there is much more community value in providing long term housing solutions than to continuously pour money on the homeless problems.
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