Tiny houses — ultra-compact homes — are becoming increasingly popular among those seeking to make their lives more sustainable. There are numerous blogs devoted to them. There’s a company that builds and sells them. There’s even a show about them — Tiny House Nation — for those with access to the triple-digit television channels.
But increasingly, these small homes are also being looked at as a model for affordable housing that could serve as a place for the homeless to find some stability and, perhaps, live permanently. In such varied locations as Portland, Oregon, upstate New York, Austin, Texas and Wisconsin, local advocates for the homeless have sought to help by constructing communities of tiny houses.
One of the chief benefits of living in a small space (referred to by some who practice it as “micro-living”) is that it’s cheap. And an added bonus — and the reason for their initial appeal — is that it’s environmentally sustainable.
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