With the continuing popularity of tiny homes, it comes as no surprise that people are finding unique ways to utilizing them. Many people are investing in a tiny home on wheels for travel, while others are selling their mansions to live a simple life in the wilderness. Regardless of the owner’s use for the tiny home, it is important to know that they are also being used to better our society. Cities across the country as beginning to discover that tiny homes have the ability to help the homelessness crisis in our country. While Seattle and Portland have already adopted the concept, other major cities are now looking further into the alternative uses for tiny homes.

 

In places such as Sacramento, the city council is already working on development plans for a tiny home community. They are set to name the neighborhood, “Tiny Town”. The residential area will consist of about 50 homes, ranging anywhere from 250 to 500 square feet. Like many cities across the country, Sacramento is in desperate need of affordable housing. Most major U.S. cities lack locations that are reasonably priced for purchase and rental purposes. In Nashville, a pastor has created even tinier home communities for those without permanent shelter. While these 60 square-foot homes have no electricity or running water, they provide hope and a stepping stone for those with no roof over their head. Many have argued that the tiny homes are not a long-term solution but most know that it is a step in the right direction.

 

In areas with already established tiny home communities such as Seattle, the key for success comes from those willing to help. The average price to build a tiny home is under $10,000 and with the help of volunteers and community members fees could be lowered even more. Many individuals, as well as local governments, have taken on the task of building the tiny home communities. Certain states are taking action to ensure the tiny homes provide what is necessary to get people off of the streets. With the growing popularity of tiny home communities, there are bound to be instances where the homes become less of a trend and more of a necessity.

 

Over half of a million people were without permanent shelter last year. Tiny houses may not be the end of homelessness as we know it. It is, however,  a solution that is allowing more people to have a safe roof over their heads for a good night’s sleep.