In a Tiny Town

Tiny home ownership increases possibilities for people.

On September 29, 2017 the Tiny Town Association received its official Not-For-Profit (NFP) Federal Corporation certification as:

Tiny Town Association
Association de Petites Villes

Present

The lack of available, affordable housing continues to be an issue in most municipalities in Canada and around the world. Costs of materials, land, and construction continue to increase, pushing the cost of new home sales ever-higher. These rising costs force buyers to look at resales in an effort to reduce costs. This increased demand pushes the price of a limited resale supply higher as well.

Young adults entering the workforce and empty-nesters leaving the workforce are facing costs that make home ownership impossible. 

Needs

Some people like a spacious home and can afford the cost of that space. For others, raising a family requires space to accommodate a group of people and their things. For these and a long list of other reasons, traditional forms of housing will always appeal to a large segment of the population.

Some people have few possessions, either by choice or circumstance. Some people live individually or as a couple and do not need the space to house a group. Some people do not earn enough to afford to purchase a traditional home.

We need to recognize that a new housing option is required to meet the needs of a changing population, in a changing economic landscape.

Solution

The revolutionary concept of Tiny Homes expands the available homeownership options. Where living space is not required to accommodate more than 1 or 2 people (often pre-or-post children), Tiny Homes can provide a practical and affordable solution:

  • Tiny homes eliminate the major expense of land ownership.
  • Tiny homes cost less to build, yet can be built to be much more energy efficient.
  • Tiny homes cost less to operate year-round by virtue of their size and construction.
  • Tiny homes are a more environmentally friendly form of housing.
  • Tiny homes reduce the cost and aggravation of the moving experience.
  • Tiny homes can be a life-long choice or a stepping stone to somewhere else.

The TTA believes that Tiny Homes and traditional homes can co-exist, but not in the same space. A large part of a traditional home's value is based on the land its built on and the surrounding amenities. A tiny home isn't. As a result, Tiny Homes can negatively affect the appeal of traditional housing when in the same space.

To address this the TTA has been formed to create space for THOWs within commuting distance of host cities. This Tiny Town model adds appeal to the host city by increasing the affordable housing options available, without encroaching on the space of traditional homes.


To be successful, this plan will require the participation of the association, various levels of government and the private sector.


 

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