In between homelessness and full, permanent housing there is another step being pursued by many communities – an easily achieved temporary housing solution that enables those without shelter to begin to find dignity, stability and get ‘back on their feet’ – Tiny Houses.
Tiny Houses are moveable, low-tech, simple structures that can be built with mostly minimal skills in a weekend for $2,200 in materials. In Seattle, vocational schools and training programs have been building Tiny Houses as a part of their curriculum, such as Seattle Central College’s Wood Technology Center as well as the Tulalip Tribe’s apprenticeship program. Middle school students have played a huge role in the effort, either through SawHorse Revolution’s program in which youth work alongside professional builders to construct meaningful projects in urban communities or students from middle schools who have rallied to help out and are gaining immeasurably from volunteering, becoming conscientious members of the community. Architectural firms are stepping up, such as Olson Kundig, that designed a Tiny House in collaboration with local youth.
A Tiny House Village clusters Tiny Houses into a self-managed community, breaking down the isolation and helplessness endured while homeless, fostering the relationships that individuals need to rebuild their lives. A Tiny House Village clusters Tiny Houses into a self-managed community, breaking down the isolation and helplessness endured while homeless, fostering the relationships that individuals need to rebuild their lives.
- Client: Low Income Housing Institute & Nickelsville
- Location: Seattle, WA
- Year of Completion: 2016
- Project Size: Multiple Locations in the Region
- Type: Community Facilities & Multi-Family Housing