A Community of Tiny Houses In Chico
I am happy to see that there is another tiny house village that will be built to help the homeless. The number of these types of communities is growing throughout the country. It is a great solution to an ongoing problem. Great for the homeless, and great for the town/city.
Believe it or not – it also saves money. The cost for aiding the homeless can add up to a lot more than you would ever think (shelter, medical, mental health). When a permanent place to live is found (or developed) for them, it is the catalyst to a new life. Sure there is the initial cost to build the houses but eventually that cost is recouped when all the other issues resolve themselves.
The Community – They have a plan.
This one is going to be built in Chico, California. They are currently in the planning stages and are expecting the first shelter to be built by the end of 2014, to give them a place to stay warm during the colder months. At this time, they are looking for suitable property – land that is not in a residential area but near a bus route.
As with other like communities, there will be rules: no alcohol, no drugs, no violence, no stealing, and no behavior that is disruptive. Also, everyone that lives there must contribute to maintenance of the village.
The ultimate goal is to provide housing for people that do not have a place to live which in turn will give them confidence with the hope that they will use this opportunity to make things better for themselves.
There are a number of successful villages of this type that has proven to be a win-win situation for everyone – the homeless, the city, and businesses are happy that the amount of people “on the streets” has decreased. It provides someone that has been down on their luck with a home, a purpose, and a means to start making improvements to their life.