10 Tiny Homes for Wisconsin Homeless

If we raise $50,000 we can build 10 homes for people currently experiencing homelessness.  These homes can be plugged in to the grid, have solar power for lights and small appliances.  They have a composting toilet, an internal water system for washing hands or brushing teeth as well as a vented propane heater and substantial insulation for warmth!  Most importantly, these houses provide safety, a place to store items, a bed to sleep in and a place to call home!” – Occupy Madison

Learn more about 10 Tiny Homes for Wisconsin Homeless on Indiegogo.

Austin’s Newest Housing For the Homeless

Plans are moving ahead in the Austin area to house about 200 people who are chronically homeless.  Community First Village has been about a decade in the making and in just a matter of months, it will break ground.

The property is 27 acres, with little cottages, mobile homes and even some teepees dotting the landscape. A three-acre community garden is also on-site. ” – KUT

Continue reading the story titled: Here’s What Austin’s Newest Housing For the Chronically Homeless Looks Like

Thanks to author Jane Devin for sending this my way!

Safe Ground Cabin Prototype Unveiling this September

Helping to solve homelessness in Sacramento, California with tiny houses.

“Safe Ground Prototype Cabin will be displayed at Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramentofrom September 19 through September 22.

The Safe Ground 10 x 12 foot sleeping cabin design has been developed by a Safe Ground Volunteer Cabin Design Team consisting of Kerrin West of Studio 81, Michael O’Brien of Pressey and Associates, and Kyle Wicky of Mogavero Notestine Associates, all three from the Sacramento area. Their unique design utilizes factory built, insulated panels as the major structural components. Each panel is manufactured to include predesigned electrical components, as well as windows and doors. The exterior is covered with durable hardi-trim siding and long lasting paint.”

via Safe Ground Prototype Unveiling | shocpaula.

Jim Reid’s Tiny San Francisco Home

This story is a few years old but one of my readers mentioned it to me this past week so I thought I’d share it with you too. Jim Reid designed and built this tiny 10′ by 10′ house as a proof of concept for homeless housing. I’m not sure what ever happened to the project, but it was sure a good idea.

Jim Reid’s Tiny San Francisco Home

Photo credit Frédéric Neema.

Shed Plays Role in Saving Lives

Here’s a great story about a shed serving as an intermediate care unit for homeless in Clapham, London. It was setup by nurse practitioner Samantha Dorney-Smith. The services they are providing are already saving lives and reducing emergency calls and hospitalizations.

Shed Saves Lives

Dignity Village Update

I’ve written about Dignity Village in the past on Tiny House Design but wanted to share an update I stumbled on this past week. This is a community of tiny houses located outside Portland, Oregon built and maintained by a group of people working hard to find their own solutions for homelessness. Really inspiring story and place.

Dignity Village Update

Ed’s Shed

A fellow named Ed built this tiny house for $50 to use as a place to sleep while attending a 4-day music festival. He hauled it there in the back of his truck.

While Ed’s shed is a bit on the funky side I can see how something like this with just a little more time and effort could be a much safer place for someone to sleep and a big step up from a tent.

Ed’s Shed

Tiny House Eden

This is a great story about several homeless advocacy groups getting together to create a tiny house village for the homeless in Sacramento, California. Bathroom and kitchen facilities will be centralized but people will have their own tiny houses to sleep in at night. This seems like a great step in the right direction. I really hope projects like this are successful and set a precedent for more communities like this.

Tiny House Eden

Simple Panelized Shelter

Some recent news about the Sacramento Police rousting a group of homeless folks from their temporary tent town got me a bit riled up last week. Being someone who likes to take proactive measures when trouble brews I set to work on publishing a simple panelized structure that could be built as temporary housing for all sorts of needs including homelessness.

In addition to working on the house for Khayelitsha I’m working to revise the plans of this smaller shelter so that the walls, floor and roof will also be made up of individual 4′ by 8′ panels. This size is ideal for transporting in a pickup truck with the main draw back being that it uses a bit more lumber to construct. Keep you eye on Tiny House Design this week for the revised plan.

Simple Panelized Shelter