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The Occupy Movement and “Tiny Houses” in Madison (98 square foot homes!)
The Non-Profit Quarterly ^ | October 4, 2013 | Rob Meiksins

Posted on 10/15/2013 4:02:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

To those people paying only casual attention, the Occupy movement has become nothing more than a footnote in history. Their ragtag encampments have been removed for the most part, and there is little to indicate they made much of an impact. In Madison, Wisconsin, however, the Occupy movement has suddenly resurfaced, but with a totally new mission: addressing the basic needs of people who are homeless.

As issues around collective bargaining rights for public employees and other significant alterations to the social contract were initiated by Governor Walker and the Republican-dominated legislature, Madison became famous for very loud and angry protests. People camped out on the Capitol grounds to the point where legislation has been passed limiting the number of people who can enter the building, and requiring a permit for any kind of gathering.

Those protests merged into the Occupy movement in Madison, although with a few unique aspects. Unlike most locations, the Madison movement had to pack up every night and move to a new place because of local ordinances. As the winter of 2011 came, it became harder and harder to hold the group together, and, it turns out, a large number of the people camping out were homeless. The homeless in Madison had realized that these camps were a place where they could get food, shelter, and a safe place for their belongings.

Now, Occupy Madison has raised funds and is working with people who are homeless to build tiny shelters in the form of 98-square-foot houses, with an eye toward creating a village of these homes with shared facilities. As word has spread about the project, donations have been flooding in. An artist from North Carolina has donated artwork to be hung in the first five that are completed. Businesses have donated a solar power system, window shades, and more.

As of now, the buildings have to be put on wheels and moved every 48 hours because of the aforementioned ordinance. The Madison Planning Commission recently recommended that the Common Council change the city zoning code to allow the buildings to be placed on the property of churches and any other organization whose mission includes helping people who are homeless. There is some debate, however, about whether this is simply a stopgap measure to deal with the homeless in lieu of creating a comprehensive policy that would address the issue.

The idea of a village of small shelters is not new. Portland, Oregon, has Dignity Village, which was established in 2001. The goal there is to create one-stop help for people seeking to make the transition back into mainstream society, offering shelter, personal hygiene, phones, an address, etc. As Occupy Madison seeks to establish a similar village in the Midwest, will this emerge as an effective way to help, or will the villages become the equivalent of the shantytowns of lean-tos, shacks, and untold poverty seen on the outskirts of many large cities around the world?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: charity; housing; occupy; poverty
Obamavilles.
1 posted on 10/15/2013 4:02:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This can’t be possible.

Under the Baraqqi Regime the homeless disappeared.

That term hasn’t been used by the MSM since Jan 2009.


2 posted on 10/15/2013 4:04:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was looking at one of these. They’re a reaction to places with absurd property costs (LA and the Bay Area) and by people who feel like they don’t need a bunch of space.

That’s a function of restrictive zoning and declining standards of living, but it’s also a sensible, market-oriented reaction to property values.

I would love to buy a plot of land and build a relatively tiny house and not get locked into the usual kind of house, but local governments HATE these.


3 posted on 10/15/2013 4:05:36 PM PDT by socalgop
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> Obamavilles

LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!

That’s REALLY good!
=D


4 posted on 10/15/2013 4:06:55 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

Won’t you be my neighbor?


5 posted on 10/15/2013 4:09:08 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
(98 square foot homes!)

A luxury prison cell?

6 posted on 10/15/2013 4:09:42 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: socalgop

Didn’t Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, live in a small-volume cabin when he was plotting to even the score with those he imagined to be “enemies”?

Small cramped spaces cause one to live even more within the box than may otherwise be the case. The hermit literally could not “think outside the box”.


7 posted on 10/15/2013 4:13:19 PM PDT by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: Westbrook
> Obamavilles

You will find them next to the Barrycades. Up the street are some Barrackades.

8 posted on 10/15/2013 4:16:05 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, it’s nice to see these reprobates scum libtards doing something constructive instead of defecating on police cars and raping women...


9 posted on 10/15/2013 4:18:29 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

98 square feet? My bedroom is bigger than that (16x12)!


10 posted on 10/15/2013 4:19:09 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: alloysteel
The cabin was 10 x 12...an ordinary hunter's cabin.

I would guess he crapped outside and also did a lot of his cooking outside. He went to town and visited the library on a regular basis. Not my idea of a hermit...just someone who needed to be alone to do his thing.

11 posted on 10/15/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: alloysteel
Small cramped spaces cause one to live even more within the box than may otherwise be the case.

Don't know about all that. When I was doing the mountain man thing for a couple of years, my cabin was 8 ft x 12 ft. I'm certainly not an in-the-box thinker. Not with all of the great outdoors just outside my cabin.

/johnny

12 posted on 10/15/2013 4:20:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; GeronL
All part of the transition process down to 48 square feet.


13 posted on 10/15/2013 4:20:59 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jeffc
98 square feet? My bedroom is bigger than that (16x12)!

Al Gore's baffroom is probably larger than that.


14 posted on 10/15/2013 4:23:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tornado bait.


15 posted on 10/15/2013 4:37:44 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Libloather

yup, you can open the door to leave ;)


16 posted on 10/15/2013 4:41:27 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I saw a number of "apartments" constructed of cargo containers in my recent travels around Europe.

These are where they put the new immigrants.

More and more we are just following the lead of the Europeans rather than the exceptional trail we once blazed.

17 posted on 10/15/2013 4:42:15 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They may have donated window shades and solar power, but they’re also going to have a smelly poop-house out back, not to mention a bunch of smelly hippies hanging around all the time.

But hey, as long as they have good 4G....


18 posted on 10/15/2013 4:53:10 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why do they even need that much space. Greedy bass turds. What is wrong with them?? Do they want to kill the planet? All they need is a chair, a pillow, an umbrella, and a large gift card to McDonald’s.

I was tearing down a 10 x 10 shed but then I realized it was someone’s house. The toilet was in the shower, which was the kitchen sink, which was under the bed, which was the dining room table.


19 posted on 10/15/2013 4:57:54 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: jeffc; 2ndDivisionVet
jeffc:" 98 square feet? My bedroom is bigger than that (16x12)!"

Think more in terms of the U.N. " AGENDA 21 " .
Actually , they are smaller than most jail cells .
There are several planned villages of these small units being started throughout the U.S., including South Carolina and Florida.
They are being promoted as 'saving natural resouces', economizing , and eco-considerate.
If everyone is working a full time job of less than 30 hours , this will probably be all the housing that our kids can afford !

20 posted on 10/15/2013 5:03:05 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
who_would_fardels_bear:" I saw a number of "apartments" constructed of cargo containers in my recent travels around Europe."

My daughter just visited Christchurch, New Zealand.
They still havne't recovered from the earthquakes from last year,and lost about 60% of their structures from the damage.
Most of the unrepairable structures and stores are multiples of welded cargo containers ,
as are many of the apartment buildings.
They do make for good temporary structures , but they are subject to rusting .

21 posted on 10/15/2013 5:13:53 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: socalgop

I walked out of a Home Depot store and saw a dutch barn storage shed they had there.
The dimensions of it was 10 foot by 12 foot with 7 foot sidewalls. It had a loft in it. Perfect for just me.
Basement underneath. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer


22 posted on 10/15/2013 5:15:33 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: socalgop
Call this guy, and put it in some backyard sycamore!


23 posted on 10/15/2013 5:20:02 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: South Dakota

Wow.. mansion size.. I remember living in my Saturn SW1 for several months..

who needs a home? just give um a car and 15 bucks worth of gas.


24 posted on 10/15/2013 5:22:06 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can see people doing this to remain in urban areas with lots of cultural options. To live in NY, LA or Seattle for instance.


25 posted on 10/15/2013 5:25:02 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My little “shotgun” house is 650 square feet - that’s small enough for me!


26 posted on 10/15/2013 5:29:31 PM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

If you look at housing prices, it’s all the housing WE can afford. All the underwater mortgages meant that people were buying on credit they couldn’t truly afford. In a normal market, housing prices would self-correct, but in major metro areas, europeans and chinese, along with investment funds, are swooping into buy things. Meet our new landlords...


27 posted on 10/15/2013 9:10:11 PM PDT by socalgop
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They remind me of the Unabomber.


28 posted on 10/15/2013 9:19:04 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media. No Blood For Ego!)
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To: socalgop
socalgop :".. but in major metro areas, europeans and chinese, along with investment funds, are swooping into buy things. Meet our new landlords..."

True Dat !
But, if you look carefully , those foreign investments may be buying ,.. but most houses remain vacant, because they can't find renters
Therefore , they will be resold soon at a loss ,.. and thus lower the overall housing costs.
Most foreigners didnt buy to lose money ,.. but with no renters , their investment is actually losing money.
The oriigninal assumption was that the foreigners would be relocating here , .. but that hasn't happened .

Going back to your original statement :"If you look at housing prices, it’s all the housing WE can afford. "
That may be true if the intent was to stay out of debt.
But most Americans are too busy" keeping up with the Kardassians" and are willing to go into debt, for 'show'
ObamaCare /Commiecare™ doesn't take into account any debts that you have, or those debts that you are paying off.
Paying off your legal debts is called ' personal responsibility' ; and if its one thing that I have learned from Zippy ,
it is that there is no such thing as Personal Responsibility or accountbility. There is always somebody else to blame for your circumstance.
However , I have a moral core,personal values ; and he does not !
Socialism and Facism absolves personal responsibility , especially if it "spreads the wealth" and it does fine ,
until it runs out of other peoples money !

29 posted on 10/16/2013 9:40:02 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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