Fast Company's Adele Peters takes a look at a plot of land that used to contain a single-family home, but has been transformed into a village of 14 tiny homes for King County, to provide shelter for members of Seattle's homeless population.
Each of these tiny houses—managed by the Seattle-based nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute—was built and installed for just over $2,000. Partially designed by students, the houses aim to help address the needs of 10,000 homeless Seattleites for whom the city can't afford to provide shelter. The institute hopes this village will help gather public support and funding to build at least 100 more tiny houses at a second location.
"The best thing for everyone would be enough affordable housing and even free housing for homeless people, so that there didn't need to be encampments and tiny house villages," says Aaron Long, a communication specialist for the Low Income Housing Institute. "However, the political will and funding for that is just not there."