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Tiny houses help address nation's homeless problem
ap/yahoo ^ | february 26, 2014 | carrie antlfinger

Posted on 02/26/2014 5:23:49 PM PST by lowbridge

While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless.

There's a growing effort across the nation from advocates and religious groups to build these compact buildings because they are cheaper than a traditional large-scale shelter, help the recipients socially because they are built in communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size.

"You're out of the elements, you've got your own bed, you've got your own place to call your own," said Harold "Hap" Morgan, who is without a permanent home in Madison. "It gives you a little bit of self-pride: This is my own house."

He's in line for a 99-square-foot house built through the nonprofit Occupy Madison Build, or OM Build, run by former organizers with the Occupy movement. The group hopes to create a cluster of tiny houses like those in Olympia, Wash., and Eugene and Portland, Ore.

Many have been built with donated materials and volunteer labor, sometimes from the people who will live in them. Most require residents to behave appropriately, avoid drugs and alcohol and help maintain the properties.

Still, sometimes neighbors have not been receptive. Linda Brown, who can see the proposed site for Madison's tiny houses from her living room window, said she worries about noise and what her neighbors would be like.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: homeless; madison; wisconsin

1 posted on 02/26/2014 5:23:49 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

House built on trailer.....

I thought liberals hated trailer parks....


2 posted on 02/26/2014 5:25:44 PM PST by GraceG
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To: lowbridge

99 square feet? That is 10X10. Well they did say tiny didn’t they.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 5:27:46 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lowbridge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM8JhvfoqdA


4 posted on 02/26/2014 5:29:14 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: lowbridge

5 posted on 02/26/2014 5:33:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: yarddog
My shack where I did the mountain man thing for a couple of years was 8x12. No indoor plumbing, though.

/johnny

6 posted on 02/26/2014 5:34:21 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lowbridge

Who said the Occupy Movement were a bunch of kooks? Yep - still are. Let’s see how liberal OR and WA like having these swell dwellings in their neighborhoods...No running water, plumbing, bathrooms, electricity but you can always shower down the street with others of like mind. But who ever said they took showers anyway? They WILL have solar panels tho’. Super!

THEN this will catch on with the liberals nationwide and there will be an EXECUTIVE ACTION to dispose of our own homes and have us all live in one of these! Can hardly wait! Some on the lawns of obozo’s property in Chicago maybe? Great idea. Now that will be true equality!!


7 posted on 02/26/2014 5:34:23 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: yarddog

99 square feet? That is 10X10. Well they did say tiny didn’t the


That’s smaller than my shed.
Just a little larger than a jail cell.
Get bunk beds and double them up.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 5:35:13 PM PST by Joshua (Jimmy is the reason for this)
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To: gorush

I first heard “little Boxes” in the 60s sung by Pete Seeger. Living in an old mining camp at the time, I thought the little boxes and new schools sounded pretty good.


9 posted on 02/26/2014 5:38:48 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: lowbridge
It's a shame we can't bring back the old Sears kit house from the days before building codes and zoning made small, simple homes (heat, light, and plumbing to be added) but without the frills (air conditioning, dishwasher, etc.) illegal. If poor people could build their own homes, they would appreciate them more, take better care of them, and live someplace they could be proud of, and I know of several poor people who built and lived in cheap kit homes (including VERY close relatives).

http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/1933-1940.htm


10 posted on 02/26/2014 5:38:58 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: lowbridge

This is a great webpage for a company called a Tumbleweed Homes. Some of the larger ones (800 sq plus) are built on a foundation or slab. Excellent use of space...and most important (to me at least) is REAL steps instead a ladder to reach upper level (or loft).

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/


11 posted on 02/26/2014 5:40:29 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Don’t laugh or criticize...if Clown Prince nobama and his commie LIB/DIM pals have their way, you could be pleased to be able to live in one.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 5:44:28 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Joshua
That’s smaller than my shed.

Geez, I remember when my brother got a place in Boston. 600 sq. ft. He called it his "condomininum".
13 posted on 02/26/2014 5:45:49 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

I remember when “Jim Walter Homes” were fairly common in the South where I grew up. They were shell homes. It was intended that you finish them yourself over time but a lot of people just kept them the way they were.

They were really distinctive looking and whenever you saw one it had about the same impact as a single wide trailer. Still I think the idea was good and they eventually began to make some pretty good looking homes.

I have no idea if they are still in business.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 5:47:24 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lowbridge

why build them houses? just go buy them small campers.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 5:47:50 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Like this one maybe?


Tonke Camper (Netherlands)

These things start out at a mere 192,000 euro, but that includes the Mercedes Sprinter to haul it around

16 posted on 02/26/2014 5:54:15 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: JimSEA
Yup, we're of an age...still, they did a good job on this, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M

17 posted on 02/26/2014 5:56:08 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: JimSEA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M


18 posted on 02/26/2014 5:56:38 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: lowbridge
In the cities, they used to have low-income housing called single room occupancy hotels. You got a small room, big enough for a bed, a desk, and a closet. A shared bathroom/shower was down the hall. It was a bit like living in a college dorm.

Then there were even lower-income housing called flophouses.

Unfortunately, modern building codes make these low-income solutions illegal, to an increasing extent. Also, housing regulations make it harder to evict disruptive tenants, making the concept unworkable.

19 posted on 02/26/2014 5:58:07 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Campers are maintenance nightmares. These would be a big step up.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 6:10:35 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: yarddog

Jim Walter is no longer in the house business though the company still is in other fields. I think it was four or five years ago when they closed it.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 6:12:33 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Pollster1

I LOVE the Sears Homekits. Not to far from where I live there is a Sears Magnolia...a HUGE two story...grand looking facade; huge rooms; kinda smooshed into a suburban lot. It was “on” the market a few years ago, and I would have loved to take a look. About 20 years ago I would have tried to bid on it.

We also have a few MontgomeryWard homes in my neck of the woods. Like Sears, nicely planned and thought out...and was in a MW house that was virtually untouched since it was built. It had a built in Hoosier cabinets (w/flour bin and glass “keepware”). There was a tiny alcove in the living room wall (specific for those new fangled telephones) and a writing desk that folded out of the wall in the LR and and ironing board that was built into the kitchen wall. Closets were tiny.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 6:15:15 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: lowbridge

Then, they’ll hire a hundred Democrats to keep the place up and in 10 years they will be shocked to find that the Democrats ran off with 2/3 of the funds. It’s all part of THE BIG DEMOCRAT MONEY MACHINE!!!


23 posted on 02/26/2014 6:18:18 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Note the high pitched roofs. No doubt the bunk area is up there.


24 posted on 02/26/2014 6:20:08 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: lowbridge

Here is your government approved shanty.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 6:21:44 PM PST by tbw2
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To: yarddog

I have heard of Walters (but being in the RustBelt have never seen them). I have seen Lustron Home in person. It was small; very turquoise and much like the Jetsons cartoon. Lustron was a painted/coated steel panel kit home. Really cool to see (a couple of those around here too!)


26 posted on 02/26/2014 6:22:30 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: lowbridge

You can already buy children’s playhouses built out of high impact plastic from Costco that would work for this.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 6:23:29 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

My Grandchildren have a play house in the back yard which is about the same size as these houses.


28 posted on 02/26/2014 6:32:46 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

I am glad that someone else appreciates them.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 6:36:32 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: kaehurowing
You can already buy children’s playhouses built out of high impact plastic from Costco that would work for this.

For year I have wondered why they don't make semi permanent camp shells, just like they do those kids play toy houses, for many uses, they would be better than tents.

30 posted on 02/26/2014 7:06:59 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: ansel12

Really need a CBS in a hurricane zone though.


31 posted on 02/26/2014 7:36:28 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: lowbridge

squeeze into your tenements comrades!


32 posted on 02/26/2014 7:38:39 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

bookmark...thanks!


33 posted on 02/26/2014 7:58:23 PM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> a 99-square-foot house built through the nonprofit Occupy Madison Build

Thanks lowbridge.


34 posted on 02/26/2014 8:07:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: lowbridge
Most require residents to behave appropriately, avoid drugs and alcohol and help maintain the properties...

No doubt this is rude, but would it be too much to ask them to GET A JOB?

35 posted on 02/26/2014 8:26:49 PM PST by gogeo (If you are Tea Party, the Republican Party does not want you.)
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To: gogeo

“Most require residents to behave appropriately, avoid drugs and alcohol and help maintain the properties...”

Maintenance? Ha, ha! Those classes of people are poor in brains, talent and motivation, as well as money. They don’t value anything given to them.


36 posted on 02/27/2014 11:14:46 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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