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Seattle’s Tiny House Village for the Homeless

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In a world of skyrocketing housing costs, a tiny house village for the homeless is a revolutionary idea! The only thing better might be the 9 year old girl who is building tiny houses for individuals to own.

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Seattle is opening it’s doors for the homeless this week. They have built 14 insulated tiny houses on their property. They have also built a central building with toilets, and soon they will add a shower.

tiny houseThe church is hoping that these units will house individuals from 4 to 6 months, while they transition to affordable housing. The houses only cost $2,200 to build and are a huge upgrade from life on the streets.

The money to finance the building of these homes was funded by donors in their community. Volunteers from multiple groups came on site to help build the structures for the tiny house village.

The only cost to the homeless individual is $90 for utilities. While $90 a month is certainly affordable housing, it does seem high for utilities in such a small space. I am not sure how a homeless person is supposed to afford this fee, but I guess we will see how the project fairs.

Check out our interview with a tiny house village for the chronically homeless in Austin, Texas:

 

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Anthony Clark

How can I start that in minnesota

Catherine Bleish
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That is a great question! I assume they got a grant or fundraised from individuals to make it happen! We have a nonprofit that could support you if you are willing to do the leg work!

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Anthony Clark

Ok how do I get started

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Pat
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Looks like it could be a good idea. There are so many people are struggling financial and emotionally in our society that need some help . Giving them the work to make a shelter/home for themselves is a good start.

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This is a great idea for casual and part time employed homeless, as a former homeless person myself for almost ten years, I can attest to the growing number of impoverished people in the U.S and Canada. It was extremely difficult to get ahead in the current warehousing system, and in a system like warehousing, it begins to feel like you’re a second class citizen. I worked every day, and saved as much as I could, but, with the cost of living, the cost of housing, the cost of food, transportation etc. As a homeless person you pay more for… Read more »

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I’d suggest that the $90 for utilities includes their share of the common bathhouse expense. $3 a day is cheap to live indoors, it would not take much work to earn that much in a day doing day labor. If this were teamed up with a shelter that provides meals, clothing and other services they would have a real winner!!

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