Thank you Alain for sharing this with us.
Another tiny house community is going in in the USA. This is exactly what I am talking about! In fact, the image of this community is almost exactly the way that I would envision a pilot community in Hamilton (or anywhere, really) would look.
You all know why the USA is doing this? Because it works! It is sustainable not just for the planet, but also for the tax payer. It is also a beautiful way to live for human beings that have been dehumanized by their poverty and other issues, such as mental illness, grief, and the threat of eviction… It is an affordable way for people – ALL PEOPLE – to live. It allows dignity, in an inexpensive and sustainable way. These tiny houses are reminiscent of the early settlers places except with conveniences and that they allow people survival when they have nothing (or wish to thrive using very little resources).
Hamilton needs this, but really all of the major cities that have a housing crisis and or homeless crisis need this!
So let me put this out there. If you are the mayor/leader/person in charge of any community in Ontario that has a housing or homeless crisis. Or if you work for the city and have the ear of the leader you have please share this. I am putting out a call to any community in Ontario that will have us.
What we need is a serviced building near the downtown core that is usable and has a yard that is about an acre and a half, or larger, in size. We also need cooperation, the machines and manpower required to put in the pigtail infrastructure for septic and water to a bunch of tiny houses. Mostly we need the good will of your leadership and community
This structure must be suitable for myself and other volunteers to stay in while we build and it will eventually house the staff you hire, laundry facilities and a common area,
I would also donate my skills as a fund raiser and I am sure that I could raise 100,000. Lowes has already shown their interest, as well as my almost half a million reader and solid volunteer base.
Contact me if you are interested. You can do so here or at my blog. There are a lot of details to iron out, of course – but we can do this! It is not so hard and it is not so expensive!
The structure you donate to this cause could even potentially be a proceeds of crime building that you have acquired. This would certainly bring the cost of housing your homeless down, right?
What I would like is to build thirty 200 – 300 square foot houses, up to code (unless you have arbitrary size requirements which you will have to arrange to be omitted for the purpose of this pilot), each would have a small but full bathroom, bedroom, kitchen/dining/living room as well as a linen closet, bedroom closet and a porch. Similar to this:
Even if the cost of these houses were 10K each, the cost of 30 houses is just 300,000! This would bring 30 people (more if you choose any couples) off the street. I am willing to do fundraising, bring in volunteers and find companies who are willing to donate.
Anyone who has a community that fits, a house and a little power – let me start this pilot for your people! You can contact me here.