Tiny Homes Offer a New Way to House the Homeless

Househappy —  March 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

Are tiny homes the solution to homelessness? A project in Olympia, Washington was started to build a community of tiny homes for the homeless.

Quixote Village, formerly Camp Quixote, was a homeless tent city that moved around to over twenty different locations until the creation of a permanent micro-housing community. Meetings were held with an architect, and the future residents were able to be involved in the design process.

There are 30 tiny homes, each measuring 144 square feet and able to accommodate a bed, desk, and a small bathroom with a toilet and sink. The showers and kitchens are communal and are located inside the community center.

Since the residents were involved in the design process, they asked that the homes be in a horseshoe shape rather than in a row and traded interior space for outdoor patio. They wanted it this way because it felt more like a community.

Similar projects are in the works in cities such as Santa Cruz, Portland and Seattle.

Sources: NY Times, Apartment Therapy

Photo: NY Times

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