Skip to comments.Tiny houses a way off the streets for Wisconsin homeless
Posted on 05/10/2014 11:12:32 AM PDT by PoloSec
After surviving two long, cold Wisconsin winters on the streets, Betty Ybarra traded freezing park benches and tents for a tiny house made of recycled wood she helped build herself.
Her 99-square-foot home, which boasts flower window boxes, was built by volunteers of the Occupy Madison group, as part of about a half dozen similar projects around the United States, including in New York and Texas, to shelter the homeless.
"The village will bring dignity. We will have a fence and we will have community," organizer Trina Clemente said.
For Ybarra a tiny house means much-needed normalcy after many nights sleeping on cardboard.
"It's cozy," she added.
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Being homeless is a choice.
I agree, though some folks are very mentally ill, it’s not very many that I’ve come across.
99 sq feet? where’s the pictures? I consider 1500 sq feet to be small.
There are some small number of people who have hit upon desperate times that you’ll occasionally find living on the streets, but by far and away, they’re mentally ill, have major substance abuse problems and often both, and cannot maintain shelter for themselves, they’re that dysfunctional. Some seem to actually prefer it. Homeless shelters fill up when the weather is bad. When it’s not, they don’t.
December 24, 2013 8:50 am By Dan Simmons | Wisconsin State Journal
Last spring, Betty Ybarra occupied a tent in a county park and with her tentmates dug
moats to discourage oncoming floodwaters.
Starting Christmas Eve, she and a tentmate will upgrade to a brand new tiny home they
helped build with aid from a variety of helpers including local colleges. It has a
roof, insulated walls, a toilet and a sink. Christmas lights hang outside it.....
The houses currently must be trailered around the neighborhood a couple of
times a week. City ordinance allows them to be parked on the street as long as
theyre moved every 48 hours.
The transient life will eventually end for the houses as it does for their occupants, Wallbaum said.
All have a sink and a composting toilet, and are heated using propane and solar panels.
I predict fires, solar panel failure, and sanitary issues.
1500 hundred square feet or smaller used to be the norm!!
Absolutely correct. As a triage interviewer at a local food bank, I speak with homeless people regularly. A large majority do not want a home. Mostly, they just want to be left alone. Also note: most of these folks have some mental problems, but won't seek help and don't want meds.
And they managed to burn bridges with every friend and family member who wanted to help them, because they chose to continue their destructive behaviors.
Most of the people I have come across who are homeless are mentally ill.
I am going to say that making them helpless and on the street was the long term intent when liberal judges forced the closing of most large mental institutions back in the mid eighties.
Probably deaths by carbon monoxide too.
I would bet these are not in compliance with zoning requirements and building codes.
Imagine the fun you would have with the zoning board and building inspector if you tried to build something like that for human habitation in most cities.
Cloward. Freudian slip I guess.
Unfortunately, yes. This is another facet of being homeless.
It is a spacious mansion compared to a shelter half, and I have spent months at a time living in those.
I agree with everything you wrote except that they prefer to be homeless. They don’t want to be homeless. Most would prefer a home, they just can’t manage it. A lot avoid the shelters because they can be dangerous and/or the individuals can’t deal with the rules or are mentally ill enough that is too difficult to handle.
This is Wisconsin? How did they survive even one winter living in the streets?
The description of the tiny house mentions a bed, table and microwave oven but it doesn’t mention a bathroom (flush toilet/shower)?
Since they’re on trailers, they should tow them to a city that has lots of vacant lots, say Detroit or Cleveland.
If they did it in the middle of the night, I’d bet many of the residents wouldn’t even notice.
I imagine that most of them appear on the rolls as reliable democrat voters - even if they aren't aware of it.
Yep! That too!
Seem to always have money for cigs and booze. Or they get them somehow.
There is a Tiny Homes builder in Luling on I-10. They aren’t cheap either.
But they’ve been there for a few years so I guess they do sell some.
Why settle for a tiny house...if you can scrounge four tiny houses, you can get a tiny hotel.
I’m surprised that there haven’t been protests demanding that the “we wish you a Merry Christmas” sign be removed.
I think I have seen that place on I-10. The pictures are hard for me to see but they look cute. I would have to have A/C and a good shower.
Can they be plugged into a regular outlet?
Perhaps not always but choice does seem to be the norm.
I’ve never been homeless but I lived out of my van for almost a year when I was in my teens. It gets old in a hurry.
Was your van down by the river?
Sorry, I could help myself :)! That must have been a tough year.
sorry again (couldn’t help myself)
It’s on the south side of I-10 a couple of miles west of the Love’s truck stop.
They have any ammenities you desire and can afford.
You sure have a point in regard to those institutions. We should allow them to help folks that need them, rather than leaving them at the mercy of whoever.
As Christians, we also have the obligation to look after people like this. If we saw more churches standing up and taking responsibility, we’d have far less trouble too.
Certainly saves on plumbing, just move it before the street sweeper comes by.
Sorry, I’m just speaking in the case of having three kids, it gets crowded fast heh.
A lot depends on what’s outside too, rural living in the country is superb. I had to buy a house in town again for now, but I have a spot picked out I should be able to grab in a year or two.
I’d still like to see these places these guys built for these homeless folks.
Imagine ice fishing. FOREVER.
And charity provides a handout, it is better if it is sub optimal. This provides motivation to move on to something better. Charitable help should not be a long-term solution. It dehumanizes people.
The zoning and building codes do not apply to houses on wheels, hence RVs.
I have decided that I want one...... Mr Ditter is less than thrilled. :)
Let’s just say he doesn’t do the cleaning and cooking is my guess? Think of the savings in heat, a/c, and there would be lots of eating out, right?....lol
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The ones built here in Texas are stand alone units with any amenities you desire.
Easy to write from the comfort of one's home; With unemployment and underemployment what it is, millions of people are struggling. According to the Census Bureau, between 2007 and 2010, mainly the Obama years, the number of shared households (think roommates or parents' basements) increased by 2.25 million, an 11.4% increase while households only increased by 1.3%. "Between 2007 and 2010, the number of adult children who resided in their parents households increased by 1.2 million." Meanwhile, the US military has been cut, which probably cuts more of the marginal young people from poor and lower middle class families from opportunities to be independent.
Factor in drug abuse, mental illness and homelessness is a huge problem.