This forum has been created for the Saratoga Tiny Houses Task Force to share information and ideas concerning the feasibility of mini-houses to reduce homelessness in Saratoga county.

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Summary of Tiny Houses Projects for the Homeless

Here are the programs that we’ve located

Location Name Comments
Ithaca NY Second Wind Located in a rural area outside of the city
Nashville TN Tiny Homes Began as a religious initiative
Madison WI Occupy Madison Started as a political protest, Site is particularly well documented.
Austin TX Community first Began as a religious initiative, includes micro-businesses
Denver CO Resurrection Village Complex battles with city agencies
Eugene OR Square One Two separate village projects underway
Portland OR Dignity Village On outskirts of city, site is more primitive than most, strong self governance
Olympia WA Quixote Village Located on county land near a former dump, strong self governance, strong community support
Seattle WA Nickelsville Begun as a tent village, it has moved to tiny houses.

Veteran Resort Chapel, Lee, NH

Veteran Resort Chapel is a collection of mini-houses in southeastern New Hampshire.  The planned 12 buildings are a bit larger than most (8′ by 16′) and include composting toilets.

The project is largely the creation of one individual, has a deep religious character, and limits itself to homeless veterans.

The site indicates they have experienced a number of NIMBY issues despite being located on 12 very wooded acres.

New Committee Member

Hey all,

I spoke with Darlene Zeh who is a real estate agent for Miranda Realty and she has just moved to Saratoga Lake from Rotterdam.  She also has her own not for profit, Giving4ward which was responsible for the rehab of the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club.  The project was a $250,000 rehab and she had all but $17,000 of materials and labor donated.  It was a total makeover and looks fabulous.  She had originally contacted me to see how she could assist with SOS getting a building in between our existing Walworth houses to be used as a drop and low income housing. I thought perhaps her skill set would be useful to this committee and have invited her to our next meeting.