We’re having a t-shirt sale this month!
All proceeds help fund the building of our tiny house prototype! Building an example of a tiny house is our first priority. We need this in order for people to get a better understanding of what they look like and how the interior layout is designed. This will help people know what they are giving towards. All of our tiny houses will be handicap accessible which is incredibly important to us.
Our first project will be geared towards housing vets in tiny houses. We have a number of social service organizations who have agreed to help us with support services and financial backing.
Statistics on Homeless Veterans
In April 2017, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless released an analysis of how many Chicagoans are homeless, per the 2015 census: 82,212.
Chicago reported the largest increase in veteran homelessness between 2009 and 2016, a 20.2% increase, up by 101 people. The city reported that 10.2% of those who were homeless in 2016 were veterans, up from 7% in 2015 and 9% in 2014.
This information came from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in their FAQ section. The demographics are astonishing. There has been a decrease overall in homelessness in Chicago, but the number of homeless veterans is rising steadily. Take some time and visit the CCH website. It keeps up with the latest statistics and provides a number of resources.
Every t-shirt sold goes toward helping a vet find a home.
Use coupon code MAR5OFF when ordering.
Thank you for being on this journey with us.
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Friday, January 26
931 W. Wilson Ave.
We are excited to meet you and share our vision for eliminating homelessness in Chicago. Tiny Houses are trendy right now. People are discovering the challenge and joy of becoming downwardly mobile, practicing minimalism, and reducing their carbon footprint with a simpler lifestyle. There are even HGTV shows about it: Tiny House, Big Living; Tiny House Hunters; and Tiny House Living.
We’re not in this for the trend. When we look at the potential tiny houses have, we immediately imagine a small community of tiny houses existing to alleviate homelessness in Chicago. Small spaces providing a sense of ownership and security. A stepping stone to independence.
One of our biggest hurdles is Chicago zoning laws. There are incredibly strict requirements for building, and at the moment there is no zoning that would allow for tiny houses to be built. We are working with a lawyer, aldermen, and other organizations to obtain new zoning for tiny houses.
The American TIny House Association has a wealth of information on zoning. There are townships and counties in Michigan, South Carolina, Utah, Tennesee, Colorado, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Texas. The biggest city to have no minimum size for houses is Philadelphia.
Smaller cities are amending their zoning regulations to include tiny house dimensions. Why is Chicago, one of the most pioneering cities in America, not considering the potential of tiny houses?
You can help us by attending our fundraiser next Friday night, the 26th, and donating to our fund to build a tiny house prototype. We believe that actually seeing and walking through a tiny house may change people’s minds and influence their decisions to allow for tiny house communities.