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.
This is a very interesting post. I have been looking into something lately but since I’m not a lawyer or business person or social expert I just don’t really have expertise in the subject…just opinion. But sometimes opinion gets others thinking.
Why is there a minimum building size requirement??? I can’t figure that out. I totally understand the building standards and safety requirements but minimum square footage???
So I have spent a few minutes looking at the Ontario Human Rights Act. It is my…opinion…that the minimum square footage requirements violate the OHRA and other Ontario land use policies.
How? Well it is no secret that people with disabilities and people new to Canada don’t have the financial resources that others enjoy.And what about seniors? Requiring larger homes means those homes cost more so you need more money-obviously-to purchase that home. How is a person with limited resources supposed to better themselves when a government-endorsed standard is holding them back?
Maybe there is something I’m missing but it would be great if someone with a little more experience with the issue would check it out.
I feel that a minimum standard (without cause) is holding people back.
PS – Hamilton os a terrific area to focus on because they’re one of the 6 designated sites for Syrian Refugees. This might be a terrific, cost-effective solution to get the government sponsored families into new, safe housing that they might not have thought of yet.
Just spitballin’ as an angle to approach the City if you’re looking for something.
Amazing! I’m in Burlington & am looking to give up my 1200 sq ft condo for something tiny. As long as I can drive to my doc in the area for appts, it’s really my only consideration. (i.e. Within an hour-ish of Burlington). A community of like minded peeps would be incredible! I kinda figured I’d be a crazy lady all alone on a tiny plot in the bush if I ever went tiny – but I wasn’t sure I could make that work ’cause I’m disabled & can’t do stuff like shovel or mow anymore.
We need to talk, tiny houses have been much of our discussions of late, as well as Eco Cabins up on Lake Huron and the Saugeen First Nations Reserve.
Hi Laura, I live in Newmarket Ontario and I have been reading your blog for few days and like what you are doing. I don’t know if you have discussed about this subject… If the minimum size of a house is 800sf in Ontario can you organize or help people to meet so two people can buy a land together and build a 800sf house that is divided into two small houses with separate entrances? I think that way there is no violation of the bylaw or zoning. Is it legal to share a land and house in Canada? If so why not try this route for those who want to build tiny house of up to 400sf but meet a roadblock of zoning code of a minimum 800sf. As you are organizing for the homeless, can you look into helping those who have little money and want to build their small houses? Thanks,
Laura, my apologies! I misnamed you in my last comment on this post! I am sending you a link to the Tiny Housing Project Proposal that I have been pushing for six year’s now. Presently in the process of filing a letter of intent with the Alliance to End Homelessness initiative, Broadening The Base, here in Ottawa. I would love to talk to you more about what you are doing, and if I could use that conversation for an article that I am writing for Tiny Living Canada.
Great to see some momentum here in Hamilton. I rent in the North End, and I’m going to the Hamilton Community Land Trust meeting tomorrow night at 294 James St. North (more info at http://www.hamiltonclt.org/2015/12/10/land-trust-visioning-workshops/)