Tiny Homes for Homeless?

This article from the Sacramento Bee shares a good idea, but only if they are located correctly, is it a good solution. Our suggestion is that they could be part of the homeless transformation campus we suggest for Sacramento which we have borrowed from the successful model in San Antonio, Haven for Hope, which we wrote about in a September 28, 2015 Press Release on our website News Page.

An excerpt.

Sacramento leaders are thinking tiny when it comes to addressing the city’s big homeless population.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said this week that the city should aggressively pursue a “tiny home” village to shelter dozens of homeless men and women. Steinberg said the model – in which homeless individuals live in clusters of shed-like structures typically around 150 square feet in size – is a safer and more dignified alternative to the homeless tent city debated for years at City Hall.

With Sacramento in dire need of more shelter space, Steinberg said he is issuing a “call to action” to nonprofit service providers and private developers to submit proposals for the design and operation of a tiny home facility. In addition to serving the homeless, the mayor said the concept could fill a gap in the city’s inadequate stock of affordable housing.

“I am bullish on the tiny home concept because it potentially answers a lot of our challenges,” the mayor said in an interview. “Tiny homes can be built quickly, less expensively (than traditional homes) and can also potentially be used as shelter and triage (for the homeless). It’s time we start making something happen.”

The concept comes with some challenges.

Confronted by neighborhood and business concerns, advocates and city officials have struggled for years to find locations for homeless shelters, especially those with an outdoor living component. For a tiny home village of 75 cabins, the preferred site would likely need to be at least 2 acres, limiting where it could be placed within city limits.

It’s also unlikely that a tiny village would be operational in time for the cold winter weather. A survey of Sacramento County’s homeless population conducted in January found an estimated 2,052 people living outdoors – nearly double the number from 2015 – and city officials are scrambling to increase shelter options in Sacramento before the winter arrives.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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