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Originally posted by badgerprints
There is a place on the south edge of town in Luling Texas called Tiny Texas Houses.
The owner builds small houses and sells them as his business.
It's all reclaimed material except for the plumbing and electric which must meet code.
Each house is unique and they are all like little works of art. They are all designed to be moved by truck.
I know of him because he gets stained glass windows in sometimes and I was going to do some occasional repairs for him but ended up wrapped up in other projects.
The owner has offered all of his employees the material to build a house and a piece of land where it can be built.
His only caveat is that the person must leave the home for others if they decide to leave.
He wants to build a small village of tiny houses so that people can have a sustainable and affordable housing option.
He has made this offer to his employees and others for years.
No one has ever taken him up on it.
Some people think that it's there is poverty because big money and rich people have control of the world.
This may be true in other parts of the world but the US has spent several trillion dollars on social programs over the last half century.
When you offer people an opportunity to build their own home for free and nobody wants anything to do with it, I'd say it runs deeper than not getting an opportunity to do something positive.
I'd say it's because the idea personal initiative and self reliance has been educated out of us over the last few generations.
Or maybe it's really the 80/20 rule.
If the 80% has an opportunity, they will still wait for the 20% to do it for them.
I don't really know the answer but I'd say the solution starts with the individual, not some wealthy central control system.