On September 29, 2017 the Tiny Town Association received its official Not-For-Profit (NFP) Federal Corporation certification as:
Affordable housing continues to be a point of concern in most municipalities. The costs of materials, land and construction continue to increase, pushing the cost of new home construction ever-higher. The rising costs of new homes is forcing the costs of resales to increase in its wake.
Young adults that are just entering the workforce and retiring empty-nesters leaving the workforce see their chances of affording a home becoming less of a possibility, every day.
Homeless and vulnerable people relying on social assistance programs is growing daily, yet the availability of affordable housing cannot meet demand.
A growing sector of society that works through the internet, no longer needs to remain in one place to perform their jobs. This can be a phase in their lives or a lifestyle choice, to move and experience living in different places. Traditional forms of housing that rely on continual occupancy, do not meet the needs of this sector of society.
These are not issues specific to any one place in Canada. These are global issues that all countries are facing to varying degrees.
In summary, traditional forms of housing have become inaccessible to a growing sector in our society.
Some people like a spacious home and can afford the cost of space. For others, raising a family requires space to accommodate a group of people and their things. For these reasons, traditional forms of housing will always appeal to a 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 of traditional homes. Some people do not earn enough to afford to purchase or even rent a traditional home.
For others, getting caught in a downward spiral by failing to live within the design of today’s society, is a losing battle. They move to living homeless and often die, without social programs that can support them.
We need to recognize that new programs and options are required to meet the needs of a changing population.
The revolutionary concept of Tiny Homes expands the available home ownership options and can provide a vehicle to address a growing need for social housing. Where living space is not required to accommodate more than 1 or 2 people (often pre-or-post children), Tiny Homes provides a practical and affordable solution.
Tiny Homes are transportable, meaning owners can take their homes with them when they move. Rather than being attached to a piece of land, Tiny Homes become a part of the owner’s changing lifestyle. When the home is not attached to land, the cost home ownership can be reduced by 50% or more.
Tiny Homes have been proven to successfully provide transitional housing for vulnerable members of society. People learn by observation so we believe that a town of people living a minimalistic lifestyle by choice, can help people who have nothing, regain their self-esteem and transition back into society. The provides participants the ability to integrate into society and earn their own home.
The believes that Tiny Homes and traditional homes can co-exist, but not in the same space. Traditional homes require the land they are on, as well as their immediate surroundings to maintain their attraction and value. Conversely, Tiny Homes do not, so when they are located within the same area, Tiny Homes can affect the appeal of traditional housing.
To address the need of separation, the has been formed to create space for within commuting distance of host cities. This Tiny Town model adds appeal to the host city by increasing the affordable housing options available to its current and prospective residents. It provides a place for Tiny Homes, 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.