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originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Surely they can find a vacant lot the city can use to set up rows of these tiny houses?
originally posted by: dawnstar
too bad he can't find someone to donate a nice piece of land for it.
There is an organization in my local community (Hope's Village of San Luis Obispo) that has been trying for YEARS to work w/ our local gov't concerning zoning & building codes & they have been getting nowhere concerning a community of tiny houses for folks who are un-housed. It seems that a designated RV park is what is required. So aren't the recipients of your micro-houses getting ticketed & having the houses confiscated due to zoning /building codes?
Check out Austin, Texas 27-acre village of tiny houses for 250 chronically homeless. It has a chapel, a medical facility, a community garden, and an outdoor movie theater. They are linked with jobs and pay a small monthly rent. Check Off Grid World.
Seattle's first "village" of small homes will soon provide a portion of the city's homeless population with electricity, hot water and a space to call their own while they search for more permanent housing. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, the Low Income Housing Institute and other volunteers finished building 14 small homes on Monday atop church property that was formerly a single family home, allowing the village to tap into the home's amenities.
The village will have heat, a kitchen area, and a central building with two toilets and a shower. Officials hope that living in individual spaces with electricity and a real roof will be more attractive for some homeless residents of Seattle than living in tent cities prone to flooding. The homes cost about $2,200 to build, and residents will be expected to pay $90 a month to cover utilities. Sharon Lee, the executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, expects residents to reside in the units for around four to six months until they transition out.
originally posted by: Murgatroid
a reply to: Ghost147
OMG, I didn't think of your situation when I saw those.
Don't forget what I said about you not being alone.
I didn't want to mention it in your thread, but I too am between a rock and a hard place.
I feel you bro... literally.
In case anyone else is wondering: Might be homeless in under a month
originally posted by: 1KINGHUGO
a reply to: RainbowPhoenix
Where the tiny houses not up to code?
originally posted by: RainbowPhoenix
For months, gaily painted wooden houses on South Los Angeles freeway overpasses had intrigued motorists looking up from the roads below.
The 6-by-10-foot structures, it turned out, were homes for the homeless that Elvis Summers had built and placed in several encampments around the city.
Each house, about the size of a garden shed, came with an American flag, solar-powered lights and a house number, proudly displayed next to the front door.
Link to article
I put this in social issues because it is an issue with society when we are ok with just letting thugs in uniforms seize what amounts to being shelter the most basic and needed necessity of man. The domiciles were even solar powered so it's not like they were stealing power from the state/county or whatever whoever. It seems as our overlords and masters think that the underprivileged don't even have a right to exist at all. So much land in the world surely there is somewhere these tiny dwellings could be put so that these people can at least have a roof with four walls to sleep under at night. This makes me so sad, angry and scared that it has gotten to this point. Like if you are so down on your luck and in between homes then society feels like you have no right to exist. I have been homeless for a few months with the worst of it sleeping in my vehicle in a parking garage to the best being sleeping on the floor at a friends in a neighborhood where getting shot is a possibility. Being homeless is not fun and sometimes unavoidable, not everyone has a family they can run back to for help in hard times.
originally posted by: ExoticSpaceTiger
Rules only come before the individual when those in charge want them to. For themselves, rules are just a minor annoyance to silently be brushed aside if it suits them, be a bit lenient, after all! When it comes to screwing over the plebs however, rules are the sacred stick to beat the dog with.
originally posted by: Ghost147
That last video you posted is incredibly helpful. We have some land near us for about 10 acres for 50k which is really good in our area. It's just a matter of being able to afford it. But that last video has a lot of great tips within it.
We are in the early stages of developing a 7 and one half acre EcoVillage in southwestern Saskatchewan. There are 36 50 X 50 foot lots available for sale, each being $2,800.00 per lot. If you are interested in living in a tiny house in a cooperative community this might be a good fit. Please message me
Networking. I know I have friends who own land. Various places. I have heard that people have been known to get a 99 year lease, $1 a year even. Just to ensure the land was looked after, cared for. I also am of the belief we don't ever really own land, but are entrusted to care for it, till be pass it along, leaving behind whatever is our legacy, our proverbial footprint.
I've lived happily and without any issues or objections on both rented land (beautiful, secluded farm by a river) and land I owned (behind a small house I also owned in a suburb, where the neighbors were terrific). I had electricity, water and sewer hook ups. It's so much easier to live in a tiny house when there is already a legal residence on the property. Trying to buy or lease land and live there in your own tiny home when that land currently has no residence on it is like pushing a rock uphill.
The vast majority of places forbid permanent camping on one's own land. Many places forbid camping period. Even places that allow it will generally not permit you to have access to utilities - you might be able to get electricity but you won't be able to dig a well or create a septic system. In addition, you won't have a legal address if the land is zoned recreational. I strongly recommend against buying land for your tiny house unless you've done very through research.
Yes, Craigslist and eBay have lots of interesting listings and I have been successful on both (the rented farm land came through Craigslist and I have purchased two nice lots from eBay, although not for my tiny home). However, I've also found that many people omit vital facts and/or tell outright lies about the land they list. Even after it's been brought to the attention of fraud prevention at eBay, they continue to let these folks list property.
There are several areas where it is not possible to build, even though the land is perfect for it otherwise, because there are problems with water rights and the county will not grant any building permits. Yet, these properties are advertised as "buildable". People also will offer landlocked property, which again, cannot be built on, but that's not disclosed. Be careful. If it's cheap, there's a reason. Make sure to uncover all the facts before you get into something that ends up costing far more than it's worth.