Homelessness remains a modern problem. There have been many policies that have never come to fruition. Some people have decided to act rather than to sit back and do nothing.
Enter tiny homes for the homeless.
Tiny houses for the homeless are exactly what they sound like. They are purposes built, small scale, buildings for housing people without a home. They are not usually solitary, instead tiny houses for the homeless are more often built in entire village capacities.
The equipment in these tiny houses ranges from a basic bed and somewhere to put your personal belongings, to full kitchen, bathroom and living spaces as well.
This is a list of 20 tiny housing villages for the homeless built by people and large scale projects. They are scattered all around in different towns and cities and are mainly charity projects, pushed forward through volunteers and generous donations.
Curbed Tiny Housing Village – Detroit
First up, a tiny housing village. This is based in Detroit and currently contains around 20 tiny homes. They all vary in color and theme but have the same integral structures.
They are basic accommodation but provide a cozy living space for people on a low income, struggling to get into the standard housing market and previously homeless people. These are low-rent accommodations intended to provide domicile for people who can’t achieve this through other means.
Curbed Tiny Housing Village – New York
This is a New York based project. Its focus is on homeless veterans who cannot find housing elsewhere. They are small and compact but manage to fit in a kitchen area, living space, sleeping zone, and even an en-suite.
This was a completely charitable project with donations and volunteers taking the lead in building the houses.
There are over ten houses to date built all around the city.
This is a housing project which has built around 20 tiny houses for the homeless population in Newfield, US. It is called the Olympia Quixote Village. Unlike other homeless villages, the houses are mostly identical.
They are basic but provide a sleeping area and bathroom, and somewhere to eat and cook. There are also communal buildings in the homeless village and even a chicken coop.
De Zeen Tiny Homes
This entry has 77 tiny housing units for the homeless and is based in LA. They are all painted in bright colors and can be home to either one or two people. The houses themselves are a place to sleep, and bathe. However, there are communal spaces in the wider tiny ‘village’ for residents.
It is called the Whitsett West Tiny Home Village.
Alexandria Park Village
A tiny housing village for the homeless built in California. This settlement has over 100 housing units. It is called Alexandria Park Village and is built by the same architect as the entry above. It also has units that have been painted in bright colors and can sleep one or two people.
The facility is intended as temporary housing for people without a home. This village is pet friendly too!
These tiny houses for the homeless are situated in what is known as the Infinity Village. It is a project started by one man, a Reverend, which grew in support and donations rapidly.
They are simple and basic accommodation suitable for one person per unit. They have a bed and relaxing space but there are no electrical outlets or wash facilities. They have provided over 30 units of shelter for homeless people in Nashville.
Second Wind Cottages
These tiny houses exist under the name of the Second Wind Cottages. They were built in New York and there are 18 tiny houses for the homeless in this village. The houses themselves are big enough for a bathroom facility, sleeping area, and relaxing space. Other services such as laundry and exercise are provided in the village.
Curbed Tiny Housing Village – Dallas
Next, we have Dallas, Texas. There are 50 tiny houses situated on this plot. All of these houses have a full array of resources and are fully equipped for independent, sustainable living.
There is a kitchenette, small bathroom, living space, and sleeping area. These are an example of a more advanced tiny house for the homeless, unlike some others on the list.
Community First! Village
Staying in Texas, but moving onto Austin, this is a village designed with homeless people of both genders in mind. There are around 400 tiny houses in total across 50 acres of land, all fully occupied.
They are well equipped, with a proper living space and kitchen plus bathroom facilities in each unit.
There is a range of community buildings too.
Whittier Heights Homeless Village for Women
These tiny homes for the homeless are in the Whittier Heights Homeless Village for Women. There are fewer homeless villages built solely for women.
There are 16 in total and each tiny house comprises a sleeping space and a living space. There is a community bathroom area and kitchen unit. The houses are painted in different colors and can be decorated as the resident chooses.
Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village
Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village for the homeless is, like other entries on the list, built-in LA. Each tiny house has a bed, and space for clothes and personal possessions.
They are fully secure and lockable and provide a tight knit community feel for the homeless who have previously slept outdoors. Previously homeless residents can access three meals each day and bathroom facilities.
The original Eden village, constructed in Springfield Missouri. These are fully secure, fully equipped, not quite fully-sized tiny houses for the homeless. All backgrounds, all genders, are welcome, though it was built for the disabled homeless population specifically.
There is a real community full of houses that have inside of them, a bed, a kitchen, basic bathroom facilities, and storage.
These tiny houses for the homeless are built in Oregon. They are called Emerald Village. There are 22 houses on this lot. Each house is suitable for one person to sleep, have storage, and eat.
There are shared facilities for everything else in the housing village. The houses are painted in different colors and are built in different patterns.
Pivot Inc Tiny Homes
This entry is different from the rest on the list. Based in Oklahoma, it focuses on teenage homelessness. These tiny homes are built to be microcosms of the home. Homeless teenagers who move in will have access to a bedroom, kitchenette, and wash facilities.
Veterans Community Project
Tiny houses for homeless veterans. This project came to life in Kansas and provides housing for veterans who don’t have to pay rent. It gives them a living space, sleeping space, and bathroom facilities. A little home for people who otherwise would be sleeping rough and struggling to find food and warmth.
There are meals provided in the village and around 50 houses built to date.
Homes for Heroes Foundation
These tiny houses are built for veterans as well. There is a continuous social problem of homeless veterans, and projects such as this provide security, shelter, and autonomy. They come with a cooking area, a bed, and a small but completely equipped bathroom space.
The Village at Glencliff
This tiny housing village is built for people who are medically vulnerable and homeless. It is situated in Tenessee, and to date has over ten tiny homes on the lot.
Each space is a complete home. More than just a bedroom, they also have a kitchen area, bathroom and living spaces. The houses are 100% secure and lockable and provide a comfortable shelter for those in need.
San Jose Tiny Homes
Moving over to San Jose, these tiny houses are built prefab style. This just means all the parts are built in factories. The parts are then shipped to the location and built on the scene. They provide a bed, somewhere to cook and eat, and limited bathroom facilities.
They are a modern design with a slanted roof and the interior is a blank slate. There is a plan to build lots more of these tiny houses in the future, as they’ve been such a success in providing shelter for homeless people of all backgrounds.
Reseda Tiny Homes
These tiny houses are built in Reseda, LA. LA is a popular spot for this type of pop up village for the homeless, as homelessness is a big problem here. They provide the fundamentals for living and sleeping and are built in bright colors to promote well-being. There are shared facilities for everything else around the village.
Eden Village – Wilmington
These tiny houses are in Wilmington. There will be over 50 homes on the site and will look just like regular houses in tiny form. The houses will provide a bed, a kitchen space, bathroom, and living space plus storage for personal belongings.
There will be other community type buildings that are fully accessible to all residents built alongside the rest of the houses. The project was inspired by and modeled on number 12 on the list.
So, there you have it. 20 tiny housing villages for the homeless population. There is a real eclectic mix of intentions and building designs on this list, but they all share the same purpose. They provide a tiny house for a homeless person to feel safe and sleep comfortably.
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