People in Need

Communities for All People in Need (by country, then state, then city)

Please watch this inspirational TEDx video, “Dream Big with Tiny Homes to End Homelessness” with Rev. Dan Bryant, the executive director for Opportunity Village Eugene.

Here are tiny house communities for homeless folks, but if you’re in need of shelter and none of the communities below is an option for you, please see the HUD’s Homelessness Assistance page. As a last resort, if you’re in a rural area in a moderate climate, you might be interested in these instructions for building a temporary shelter called a hexayurt, made from filament tape and foil faced insulation boards. However, it’s not warm enough to protect you in freezing temperatures.

Australia

 

  • New South Wales: Tiny Homes Foundation – a tiny house community for the homeless is planned for Gosford. 

USA

  • California: 14 Forward provides 20 tiny houses as temporary dwellings for people in need in Marysville, CA.
  • California: Cornerstone Villages, formerly known as LC Tiny Home Village, is a collaborative community that provides tiny homes for qualified homeless individuals and families in Lake County, CA.
  • California: Hope’s Village of SLO is a non-profit group in Santa Margarita, CA, dedicated to establishing a safe, healthy, and drug-free environment where people can live in dignity and in peace. Not yet a community; they are seeking ten acres of land in San Luis Obispo County on which to build cabins on wheels.
  • Georgia: Cindy Murphy Kelley of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless is developing a plan for a tiny house community to address homelessness.
  • Idaho: Idaho Tiny House is striving to build tiny houses for the homeless in Idaho. Their mission is to provide a secure habitation where any un-housed person will have a door to lock and a bed to sleep in. Having a home is one part of feeling loved and needed in society. Not yet a community; they invite your involvement and assistance.
  • Indiana: Bridges Community Services has sited the first two of six tiny homes planned for the homeless in Muncie.
  • Michigan: Cass Community Social Services is building a tiny house community in Detroit. According to Fox News, the 24 homes being built in Detroit will be fully functioning, between 300 and 450 square feet, and located right off the Lodge near Woodrow Wilson and Elmhurst Street.
  • Missouri:: In Springfield, the Gathering Tree is building Eden Village, a tiny house community for single adults who are disabled and homeless.
  • New Jersey: In response to the destruction of the tent city in Lakewood, Sherry Rubel founded Revival Village and drafted legislation for a tiny house pilot program in NJ.
  • New Jersey: Destiny’s Bridge is an intentional community in Lakewood, NJ. Unlike a traditional “homeless shelter” which simply provides a cot and a roof over ones’ head, Destiny’s Bridge provides a tiny home “of their own” in which the homeless temporarily live as they begin the process of healing surrounded by a community which offers care, rehabilitation and support so they can start the process of becoming productively integrated members of society.
  • New York: On twelve acres of donated land near Ithaca, NY, Community Faith Partners created Second Wind Cottages, providing 320 square foot tiny houses for homeless men.
  • New York: A Tiny Home for Good provides tiny houses for rent at a sliding scale for single homeless men in Syracuse.
  • North Carolina: Located on The Farm at Penny Lane in Pittsboro, the Tiny Home Community Collaborative serves people struggling with mental illness.
  • North Carolina: Tiny Houses Greensboro hopes to build a tiny house community in Greensboro, NC.
  • Oregon: In Eugene, Oregon, Square One Villages offer transitional and permanent housing for very low income residents of Eugene via Opportunity Village and Emerald Village.
  • Oregon: Also in Eugene is Hospitality Village hosted by the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.
  • Oregon: Hope Village in Medford will be a community of 14 tiny houses for homeless that feature case management services by Rogue Retreat. Hope Village is expected to open mid 2017.
  • Oregon: In Portland, Oregon, Dignity Village is a community for the homeless, supporting 60 residents.
  • Tennessee: We Care of Dayton, TN, has completed one tiny house and is planning on building several more, as part of Haven House. One 208 square foot house is complete and currently in use as transitional housing.
  • Tennessee:Green Street Church of Christ in Nashville provides a Sanctuary for the homeless, some in tents and some in tiny houses donated by Pastor Jeff Obafemi Carr of Infinity Fellowship Interfaith Gathering Church.
  • Texas: The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will offer permanent housing for the chronically homeless in South Dallas. The tiny house village will consist of 50 homes of 400 sq ft each.
  • Texas: Healing Hands Ranch in Willis, TX, provides a place for men struggling through poverty and/or addiction to develop a purpose, experience spiritual growth, receive job training, and find a path back into society, through a faith-based program. In partnership with Healing Hands Ranch, Sunconomy is building an eco-village of tiny houses, and will utilize aquaponics and permaculture designs.
  • Texas: Community First! Village will provide homes (tiny houses, RVs, cottages and tepees) for up to 200 disabled, chronically homeless people in central TX. The village is 27 acres with a 3 acre garden.
  • Washington: Quixote Village, is a community of one room cottages for homeless folks, in Olympia, WA. Currently there is a waiting list.
  • Washington: The Nickelsville Encampment in Seattle is transitioning to a tiny house village with the support of the Low Income Housing Institute and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
  • Washington: Othello Village has formed in the Nickelsville Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
  • Wisconsin: Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition is a group of 17 area churches that share hosting of tiny houses for homeless people.
  • Wisconsin: With Occupy Madison, future residents participate in the building of their tiny houses at OM Build.
  • Additional gatherings, across the US: Andrew Heben provides great resources in his book and website, listing both sanctioned and unsanctioned communities.