Make it Rain, Ocean City, NJ

Make it Rain, a nonprofit in Harleysville NJ helped an elderly Ocean City man transition from living in a tent to a tiny house.  According to news stories, the house is currently in a state campground while looking for a permanent location.

At present, this appears to be a single entity with no plans mentioned to expand into a village.

News story

 

Resurrection Village, Denver

This is an example of a village in conflict with the city government.

Sustainability Park had been a community garden and tiny-house project located on land owned by the Denver Housing Authority.  When they sold the land in 2015 do a private developer, the local supporters, Denver Homeless Out Loud protested, resulting in a police confrontation and destruction of the homes.

News story describing the confrontation

Statement by the protesters.

In December, the village reappears in a new location and using only tents.  The new location is also owned by DHA but has been vacant for about 30 years.

 

Arcade Providence

Arcade Providence converted a failed three-story shopping mall into a multi-use facility.  The first floor remains as retail space which the upper floors became mini-apartments, each between 225 and 300 square feet.  This is not really a homeless project, but deserves attention for its creative reuse of an urban space.

The typical unit includes a bathroom and kitchen with refrigerator and microwave but no stove.

While this is quite different from the other mini-houses, it offers several innovations worth consideration:

  • Reuse of an existing building, including preservation of historical facade
  • Mixing of commercial and residential spaces
  • Location in center of commercial district
  • Rooms larger than most but still within the realm of mini-houses.

New story describing the Arcade

 

Liberty Homes Project, Raymond NH

Liberty Homes is located in Raymond — a town close to Manchester NH.

It began as a single mini-house to prove the concept.  After some political issues attempting to find a suitable location, it was welcomed onto a portion of an existing rural property.  This one uses a converted cargo unit instead of building a custom structure from scratch.

The story mentions plans for additional units, but there’s no indication that they yet exist.

Square One Villages in Eugene Oregon

Square One Villages (http://www.squareonevillages.org/) is the successor to Opportunity Village and Emerald Village projects in Eugene Oregon.  As such it focuses on helping other communities establish similar mini-house communities for the homeless.

Opportunity Village opened in 2013 with 30 minihouses each about 60 – 80 square feet.

Emerald Village is under construction and will provide longer term housing as the next step up from Opportunity Village.  The units will be 150 – 200 sq. ft. and include internal plumbing and cooking resources.

Quixote Village, Olympia WA

This is a self-governing community of 30 cottages each 144 sq.feet on 2.2 acres.  The land is leased from the county (40 years at $1 per year) on property adjacent to the county dump.  This program had considerable grant support from both state and federal sources.

Their main web site:  http://quixotevillage.com/

The NYTimes did a long story featuring this village.