The Tiny Town Association's Affordable Rent To Own (ARTO) program in conjunction with participating municipalities will expand the affordable housing options available under social assistance programs. In addition to social assisted housing, each Tiny Town will provide sites for up to an addition 800 affordable Tiny Homes.
Our assistance model has program participants living in communities of tiny homeowners. The community will be able to provide support to program participants who are living without luxuries due to their circumstances, to see how those living without those same extravagances by choice have a similar lifestyle, but a different perspective. The community is expected to provide a comforting transition process for selected participants.
It was one of the first homeless tent camps in the nation to transition into a community of tiny houses. Three years later, residents at Quixote Village say being a part of a community has given them a new lease on life.
Tucked into an industrial complex a few miles from Washington state’s capitol building in Olympia is a ring of 30 tiny houses, each 144 square feet, about the size of a small U-Haul trailer.
This collection of well-tended dwellings is Quixote Village. Opened on Christmas Eve, 2013, it was an early experiment in using miniature homes to house the homeless, a model that has since been copied around the country.
While few see tiny houses as a cure for an epidemic of homelessness that has plagued West Coast cities, for the residents of Quixote Village, these dwellings have been a godsend.
“It’s been a new lease on life,” says Byron Thorpe, one of the community’s original residents. “It was something I didn’t think I’d ever have a chance at again. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have been alive these last two or three years.”
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