Seattle isn't the only U.S. city to jump on the tiny home for the homeless trend either. In northern California, Sonoma County is going full-speed ahead with their plans for a tiny home for the homeless village. Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County Supervisor, headed the creation of what will soon be a dozen tiny homes with up to 24 residents.
"Here, people will get their self-respect back," Zane told the San Francisco Chronicle. "They can move in, get connected with counseling, better health, job help - and then move into more permanent housing. But in the meantime, they can have four walls they call their own."
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Similar tiny homes for the homeless projects are popping up in Tennessee, New York, Oregon, North Carolina and Texas as well. Some of these are taking after the Sawhorse Revolution program in Seattle, in which the encampment is also an active community. Everyone they bring into the Nickelsville tiny homes is required to do community service within the encampment and they aren't permitted to use substances of any kind (other than caffeine).
Brian Twomey is a resident here and he sees Nickelsville as a great opportunity to help him transition back into a stable life. "I've got a place to stay, I can participate in the encampment, doing my security shifts. And it's a way for me to save money, so I can get that first and last deposit and get back into an apartment," he told Seeker.
In many ways, tiny homes are a perfect fit for the homeless community. They're generally inexpensive, easy and fast to build, and most importantly, they provide warmth and shelter for those who would otherwise be living on the street.
-- Molly Fosco