Tiny homes for seniors and young families
Tiny homes are springing up all over the country. Many different ideas for their use, but all of them to form a community for a specific purpose. Finding affordable housing causes extreme stress for many individuals and often leads to homelessness if it can’t be found!
In Quebec, Canada there is a new social experiment to provide smaller homes for seniors and young families in a communal setting. The tiny homes would be built in groups of six with lots of fifteen thousand square feet. A communal area would be used to provide a space for community activities, gardens, or play space. This small town, Lavaltrie, has a population of approximately 800 people and would like to attract more to help revitalize the community. In Canada many rural communities have difficulty retaining residents due to lack of employment. This project hopes to generate some employment but also encourage young people and seniors to stay in the community rather than moving to the city. The project is called Les Hameaux de la Source (Hamlets of the Source.) They even have a tiny homes meetup group of you want to meet other tiny house owners.
Tiny homes for the homeless
In January, 2016 locals in Chattanooga announced they were going to build tiny homes for the homeless. Their plan is to design a small community of tiny homes to provide a safe place for the homeless to call their own. The expected size is 8 feet by 10 feet, so they really are tiny homes!
They also want to have a communal space where the homeless can grow a garden to provide them with food. The projected cost per tiny home is approximately $500 excluding electrical costs.
One of their biggest challenges is finding a place where the community would be accepted. They hope that this project will provide a safe place for the homeless veterans and other vulnerable persons in Chattanooga. Check out the tiny homes for the homeless.
Tiny homes for veterans and those with disabilities
Chatham County also has a problem with homelessness and are also going the route of tiny homes to combat the issue. In 2015 Mahadevan and Chapel Hill construction built a 336 square foot tiny home as a model for the ones to follow. They are designed for the homeless with a disability or mental health issue and will be placed on a 40 acre farm in Penny Lane, rural Chatham. The non profit Cross Disability Services or XDS are sponsoring the project and own the land where the tiny homes will be built. They are one step ahead of many other communities who are struggling to find land where they can build tiny homes. When XDS is finished they hope to have 10 tiny homes for their neediest homeless. The rent for these tiny homes will be $200 to $300 per unit instead of the $872 average rent of other properties in Chatham. Those on federal disability receive checks of $730 dollars and thus the reason for homelessness.See more on how Chatham County is developing tiny homes for veterans and others with disabilities.
Tiny homes for business and living
York, Maine has also approved zoning that will allow up to six tiny homes of a size 30 ft by 20 feet to be built on less than an acre of land. The developer proposes the development would be a mix of retail and studio or one bedroom living spaces. There is already interest from businesses in York to move to this tiny homes village. These tiny homes for mixed use of business and living space is just another idea with merit. So it is easy to see that there are some wonderful uses for these tiny homes in both Canada and the USA.
You can read more about the benefits of living in a tiny house here.