Friday, January 26

7:00 p.m.

Wilson Abbey

931 W. Wilson Ave.

Chicago, Illinois

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.

Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser Flier

November 10th Meeting Discussions “Time to Play”

November 10th Meeting Discussions “Time to Play”

This weeks’ meeting was awesome—we broke down the structure of the organization into basic committees to handle certain workloads. For example, we created a construction committee to handle all of the issues construction related. We feel the change will bring more of a concentrated effort within a department.

Other big news, we have been given permission to start putting together a package deal for the zoning commission in a potential pilot program for Chicago Tiny Houses. The plan called for three different tiny house locations, one on the north side, south side, and west side and lastly one on the east side. I’m super excited to be one of the organizations involved in such an important endeavor.

This is what we were pulling for from our alderman, a chance to take on the project we know will change homelessness forever. It’s “time to play” and it’s time to shine. I’m so confident in the leaders and organizers of Chicago Tiny House that is makes me tear up. The dedication they put in every week to make this happen is way beyond the call of duty.

So, in short, We have big things coming in the days ahead but I’m confident in the knowledge and experience of our crew to handle the load.

Weekly Meeting 10/26/2017 – 7Pm – 9PM

Weekly Meeting 10/26/2017 – 7Pm – 9PM

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to update all on our meeting last night. We mainly introduced the group to Angel Files, an advocate from Tiny Home Enthusiasts Chicagoland on Meetup. Thank you so much for coming, you have a true calling and we hope to see you again.

We discussed what our plan of attack was to be and basically decided to get our Needs Analysis completed as well as recruiting full force should be our main goals. We discussed that Scott Ingerson and I will be going to Texas to see a tiny house community already thriving next month and a few partnership ideas we have in the works.

I hope to see more of you guys start coming out, joining our ranks, and helping in any way you can.

Till next week!

What Are Tiny Homes and Why Would They Help the Homeless?

What Are Tiny Homes and Why Would They Help the Homeless?

The tiny house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2).
Frequently, the distinction is made between small (between 400 square feet (37 m2) and 1,000 square feet (93 m2)),
and tiny houses (less than 400 square feet (37 m2)), with some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m2).

What is a tiny house Community for the homeless? The best answer I can give you is explained thoroughly at Curbed on in an article called: 10 Tiny House Villages for the Homeless Across the U.S.: Case Studies for a Trending Idea by JENNY XIE

Directors and Officers Announced

Directors and Officers Announced

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7 PM

Chicago Tiny House, Inc had our second meeting with a surprise to be announced. A special donation was given by a close friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, to pay the incorporation, nonprofit, and 501(c)(3) fees. Elections were held and the results are:


Brien Cron – Founder/Executive Director

Sara Wendt – Executive Secretary

Scott Ingerson –  Outreach Directors

Tammy Perlmutter – Communications


Ryan Wendt – Outreach Officer

Eric Clayton – Senior Construction Officer

Paul Latture – Recruitment Officer

After the elections, we voted that recruitment and sponsorship should be our priority as of right now.

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