Pastor Jeff Obafemi Carr has a new idea about how to combat homelessness in the Nashville area, says The Atlantic's Alana Semuels. Carr moved into a 60-square-foot tiny home in order to raise money to build more tiny houses for the area's homeless. Each home measures 5-by-12 feet on the inside and costs around $7,000 to build.
But does this strategy work at actually combating homelessness in major metros?
Tiny homes for the homeless may not be the solution policy wonks dream of. Indeed, the Vanderbilt study found that housing-choice vouchers, which allow families to live in market-rate apartments, are among the best solutions for homelessness. But in many booming cities, including Nashville, where rents are rising and vouchers can be hard to come by, and there’s little city money for anti-homelessness programming, short-term solutions such as Carr’s may make sense.