Fort Worth Needs a Tiny Home Village! One for Millenials & Retirees who want to live tiny, another to help end Homelessness!
Dear Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and City Council Members, Homeless Commission & Zoning Commission Members
by Kathryn Kroll, President of Brentwood-Oak Hills Neighborhood Association
Why can’t we find a place here in the city (but NOT on the Eastside) to build a tiny home village like this?
Here is a story about a group in Missouri who have found a way to solve homelessness for Veterans. There is a similar community just down the road in Austin that you can use as your “feasibility case study.”
My suggestion is to start the first community for homeless in an industrial area with a structure that could be converted to a community resources center/ kitchen and showers. It would put these houses in a job-central location, away from traditional residential locations.
Another Tiny Home Village area should be created for all the retirees who want to downsize but do not want to live in an apartment or retirement home, and for millenials who cannot afford traditional housing, but want to settle down and establish roots in a community of smaller, more affordable homes.
Both age groups are looking for a legal, zoned just for them location to park their tiny homes. Zoning needs to consider this housing trend in housing and get on it while the housing market has little competition for tiny villages.
Fort Worth could be the national leader in Tiny Home Villages, and infill the city with tax paying citizens! Over 60 THOUSAND people attended the Tiny Home Jamboree, a 3-day weekend event this summer in Colorado Springs, showcasing small cottage size homes, many on trailer frames to be mobile. Commercial tiny home builders and DIY kit manufacturers were there. Sixty thousand attendees is a small sampling of just how many people are interested in living in a tiny home!!
I have been promoting this idea for a Tiny Home Village since I discovered tiny homes a few years ago. (I plan to have one built to my specifications when I retire.)
Even allowing 4 tiny homes to share one traditional lot would help with urban infill and provide a low cost housing option. Four tiny homes on one lot would use as much water as a family of 5 in a single traditional home.
Here is another article about a tiny home community for veterans that’s completely finished in St. Petersburg.
“But wait, there’s more!”
Texas Monthly (magazine & website) reported on this tiny home village near Amarillo:
“The benefits of housing the homeless in tiny homes are manifold: they’re cheap and quick to construct, aesthetically quaint, environmentally friendly, and save cities tens of thousands of dollars with each person who gets to live in one. Thanks to donations and volunteers, Denning’s home in Amarillo will cost just $2,000 for Yellow City Community Outreach, the non-profit organization building his tiny abode. According to the Globe-News, this is the first of many tiny homes Yellow City hopes to build in Amarillo.”
The tiny village for the homeless in Austin is called Community First Village. Here is their website: http://mlf.org/community-first/.
I think several smaller versions of this could be located in each quadrant of Fort Worth without disrupting existing housing values. The villages could be futuristic, implementing solar power and LED lighting, organic gardening, upcycling craft center & retail store.
ONCE people have a real roof over their head, and a door they can shut and lock (something they never get in a shelter situation) then they are no longer HOMELESS.
Now they are just poor, in need of many medical and social services, but not out roaming the streets, resorting to crime to survive.
We should treat our fellow human better than we do pets and livestock.
Please implement this idea! Let me know how I can help. –KEK