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As he tows a 96-square-foot house around Des Moines, Joe Stevens is overwhelmed by the intense, sometimes tearful support he receives from churches, schools and service groups for his plan to use the trendy little structures to help homeless people.
Gar Mickelson, the homeless outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Heritage Health, wants to build a village of tiny houses in Coeur d'Alene to serve as temporary crisis shelter for people who don’t want to be homeless but struggle to find housing options. But some are skeptical of the proposal
A homeless outreach coordinator in Coeur d’Alene wants to build a village of tiny houses to serve as temporary crisis shelter for people who desire to emerge from homelessness. They may include seniors, military veterans, single moms and others struggling to find housing options.
Robertson needs $700,000 to make the project a reality and to accomplish that, he’s looking for investors and donors who will commit to the project with monthly or one-time donations.
The Lightworks Project, a non-profit building tiny houses in Post Falls, offers job training and life skills to those coming out of drug rehab or prison. The faith-based ministry is hoping to raise some money to cover their costs while their students build tiny houses for the homeless or for cabins, mobile offices or other uses. They are having a fundraiser to cover some of their costs Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at 3 p.m. at their shop in Post Falls. More information is available at www.lightworksproject.com
Ian Robertson wants to use the tiny house movement to address homelessness.
What if one weapon to fight homelessness was actually something very small, affordable and obvious? What if it just boiled down to providing a house? A tiny, tiny house? It would be too simplistic – by far – to say that this would erase homelessness. But various communities are experimenting with tiny-house villages for the homeless: providing very small, relatively inexpensive homes in a setting with access to medical and social services. Now a Spokane man is trying to get a project off the ground that would combine work-skills training with tiny-home villages on church or nonprofit land, allowing homeless people to work toward ownership of small homes themselves.
More than 150 people gathered at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane recently to hear from minimalists Josh Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who talked about a lifestyle free of control from material things. The two are part of a growing community, locally and nationally, of people who are choosing to live smaller – they’re in tiny homes or apartments, they’ve pared their belongings to only essential possessions, or both.