The best way to use tiny houses in a city is [in my opinion] is as a series of infill homes, aka increasing densities by adding another structure to an existing home lot. Similar to the example being set in parts of Portland. To increase density, not decrease homelessness. To decrease homelessness is a noble cause and should be sought but I am leery of those wanting to use a tiny house model as a solution,…
To address homeless housing I believe the solution is building up (vertical), not out. We currently do this with many examples across the country such as the apartment building model. The shared walls are a cost savings. Not only that, you can take a one acre lot zoned R-40 lets say, on that lot you could legally park 40 tiny houses but logistically maybe only 25-30 could fit. You can take that same lot and feasibly build ten two-story fourplexes capitalizing on the entire lot and provide MORE housing than tiny houses would allow. My bet is it would be much more cost effective too to provide those ten fourplexes than 25 tiny houses. You are doing more with less money an providing a solution to more people, it’s far more efficient.
So, you’ve expanded the quote to include the advantages of building up not out, but it still reeks of … elitism? The way you had the quote before was basically “Tiny homes are for ~*~Special~*~ people who see the world ~*~differently~*~! I don’t want to be associated with poooor people!”
And maybe it’s not deciding one-to-one between Pruit Igoe vs. Tiny House Utopia, but I think that a small home with the advantages of open space etc. is a valid choice for a low-income or homeless person.
To be honest, I haven’t seen any discussions about tiny houses as a “solution” to homelessness before. The way this post was originally phrased was enough to convince me to unfollow smallandtinyhomeideas. With what they’ve added since, I see where they were coming from on this, but I really don’t think housing communities are as simple as “what can we cram on a lot”.
PS. the original quote was just the “To decrease homelessness is a noble cause and should be sought but I am leery of those wanting to use a tiny house model as a solution” (plus a little bit that’s been deleted outright).