A basic street in Seattle that once held a single-family home became a place where 14 tiny houses sit for homeless people in the city.
Fast Company's Adele Peters writes that giving homeless people a free place to stay is the best way to eliminate homelessness, and it's less expensive than caring for them in the street. However, there are 10,000 homeless people in King County and not enough enough money to build apartments for everyone.
"There is a homelessness crisis here, so this helps serve more people immediately," says Aaron Long, communication specialist for the Low Income Housing Institute, a nonprofit that will help run the tiny house village along with two other partners.
"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," Long says. "However, the political will and funding for that is just not there."