Tiny Home Communities for Homeless
For many who are addicted, disabled, illiterate, or mentally ill, homelessness is a way of life. Living in shelters, group homes, prison or mental hospitals only lasts so long. Then what?
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy
— Proverbs 31:8-9
Now trendy tiny homes area possible solution to a the homeless issue.
Where to Locate Tiny Home Communities for Homeless
Often the folks facing issues with their lives in the area of mental health, drug addiction and chronic homelessness need medical services. Placing a homeless community across town from these services creates frustration. Access to shopping, schools, churches and community is also vital.
Maintaining a since of belonging and community is also an important part of the process. Moving a long time homeless person from deep connections with other homeless can destabilize them.
TK Devine Change LA Homeless with a Tiny Porta House
Drastically different than the standard tiny home, TK Devine’s vision starts with a 7’x8′ handicap accessible tiny home. His own minimalist living style lead him to focus on a “porta” home to end homelessness. Ourownbackyardhomes.org build the first home which TK himself is going to live in for a year. Where will they be located? In backyards of willing home owners or unused residential areas will host these porta homes. A project like this is already taking place in Seattle.
Ownership and Dignity of Private Homes
Private and tiny home communities allow our veterans to reintegrate into society at their own pace. Veterans Community Project is founding a 5 acre project in Kansas City to give returning veterans with PTSD and TBI an opportunity to reintegrate with society slowly and with dignity.
Each tiny home is like a studio apartment. Placed in a community with other veterans and future plans for a community center. This project is run by former military that understand.
One Man’s Private Mission to Help Homeless and Vets
Carmen Guidi stared a tiny home cottage village after several mission trips to Honduras. Taking the time to build relationships with the homeless in Ithica, NY, Guidi was shocked to find how many homeless were working and still unable to afford housing.
Matt 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
As a private non-profit Guidi can offer solutions to “the least of these” without all the red tape and paperwork of government supported housing.
Dallas Tiny Home Project
City Square Non-Profit of Dallas started a Tiny Home Homeless Project with all the services for its residents inside the neighborhood. A housing first model that focus on the highest consumers of the public services, emergency rooms, homeless shelters, jail, mental health services. The average spent on these chronic homeless folks per year by the county is $40,000. By providing high quality homes, mental health and medical services, City Square hopes to set up a relationship founded on “respect and the value of the other”. City Square believes this model will genuinely help “chronic homeless” get the provisions and care they need and reduce cost per person to $15,00 per year.
Homelessness in the USA is a real issue. A shocking number, 564,708 people were reported homeless in 2016. Socialsolutions.com is one place to start checking into what is already being done about homelessness and how you can help. Homeless Tiny Communities are a move to provide a more permanent answers.