Tiny house comparison: How to tackle an idea no one's heard of

The tiny house movement is moving and shaking, breaking new ground for those who want to lead simpler lives and even now for those who can't afford a house at all. Homelessness is at an all-time high, but there are people who are stepping up to take care of their fellow citizens. There are many programs starting up all over North America that bring small house design into plans to help out homeless people in cities. One of the programs is The Hope Village project in Chippewa County, a tiny house community for those in need. Volunteers have already built two tiny houses at one of the churches in the community, and they are just waiting for approval on a couple more to be built downtown. Mike Cohoon is the pastor of the church called Landmark Christian Church, and he is the one who began the program to help people who are having a hard time get their lives back in balance. The truth is, it's very hard to start anything new, whether it be a job or schooling, let alone if you don't have a place to call home. These houses are a way for people to have a roof over their heads so they can build the confidence to go out and find a job and eventually an apartment or home of their own.

Small house living is perfect for this program. Tiny houses give people just enough room to feel comfortable in, but they don't take up too much space. Homelessness is a huge issue that costs governments a lot of money to maintain already. With the research that's being done more recently, it looks like the tiny houses could help to reduce the costs. Mike's long-term goal is to buy a piece of property in the county and build at least 12 tiny houses on it so that more people can benefit from small house living. It would be great to have them all in one area so some sense of community could be formed. Other places like Madison have been implementing the tiny house villages already. The village in Madison has been there for the last two years, and it's been gaining a lot of attention as other counties and states are becoming interested in creating tiny house villages of their own. The tiny house villages put the dwellers to work making items to sell and even starting and working in their own community gardens.

Since the tiny house movement is fairly new, the laws and regulations around zoning still don't legally permit tiny houses on wheels as permanent residences within city limits. There are different zoning laws in each state, country, and city so it's important to check into what they are. People like Mike work with city officials to get these bylaws changed so that the tiny house movement can continue to grow and so that more people can get into tiny houses on wheels. You can see in the photo of the tiny house on the Chippewa Herald website, they have set up a bunk bed as a sleeping arrangement which would be able to fit two people into one tiny house. This way people could create connections and feel like they are part of something. Wouldn't it be so awesome to see this happen in cities all around the world? Cities and communities could really benefit from programs like this being in place. If you want to learn more about these programs check out the full article from the Chippewa Herald website. Would you ever consider teaming up and helping to create something like this in your own city?***


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