Homeless Housing Design Concept

emily_carr_homeless_housing_projectThis is a tiny house concept designed by students at Emily Carr University that is intended to be a simple shelter for the homeless.  These little houses measure less than 64 square feet and cost less than $1500 in materials. As tent cities continue to grow accross America maybe it would make sense for local governments to allow tiny house communities like these to solve the immediate need for affordable housing. They would sure beat living in a tent. Read more

9 thoughts on “Homeless Housing Design Concept

  1. I LOVE THIS! I was homeless once with two small children and this would have helped us feel so much better, b/c often people make the homeless feel worthless.

    • Thanks Ann,

      My wife worked with homeless women and children for many many years and I’ve gotten a ton of inspiration from her about these projects. You just validated what I think it the most overlooked aspect of homelessness that too few programs seem to address, helping people lift their hearts up. I really think that a housing solution like living in tiny house communities could in fact give people back their dignity in a way a shelter or run-down low-income apartment could ever do. A REAL place to call one’s own in a community of supportive people like them working to better their lives… maybe I’m just an optimist but seems like it’s worth some real investigation.

  2. This is a nice design. I disagree about the porch being frivolous. Even in a temporary community such as a tent city, there has to be public interaction and access to outside space. A porch gives children a place to play, people a place to sit where they don’t feel cooped up and a way for the neighbors to keep an eye out for each other. These students are to be commended for a solution that is practical and includes people in the equation.

    • A porch is not frivolous or “a place for social interaction.” It’s a sheltered place to take your shoes off so you don’t track so much crap into your 64 sq ft of living space. In a tiny space, good housekeeping becomes a huge issue.

  3. I have to agree that this idea of tiny communities would be wonderful for the homeless without a drug or alcohol problem, but for the struggling families. The others need to be in their own community. With that stated I also think placing something in the middle like a community garden and some maybe even some small farm animals like chickens or something and helping these people feed themselves would be even better instead of having to rely on the government for assistance. I know I would struggle if I lost everything but it would be more gut wrenching to have to get assistance and then almost impossible to get off of as I’ve seen in my life time with others I know. Helping one help themselves is a much better solution to these situations then giving them a hand out.

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