Auburn University’s architecture program runs the rural Studio program to design the best possible house for less than $20K. While their structures are larger than the tiny-houses and include both kitchens and bathrooms, they can be a useful resource for efficient space planning. News stories indicate that they have developed many pioneering innovations.
Their goal is to create a home for low income families that would be seen as highly desirable for anyone.
Their main site: (http://www.ruralstudio.org/initiatives/20k-house)
Descriptive news story: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3056129/this-house-costs-just-20000-but-its-nicer-than-yours
Rebuttal to the extreme gushing of the previous story.
The history and operational details of the Madison project are described in depth in the MIT dissertation.
Here’s the official web site for the project. It includes full information about the current operation along with site plan and photos.
Located in Ephrata, PA (about 30 miles east of Harrisburg), this business constructs tiny houses. These are intended for the general market — not specifically for the homeless.
They may be a useful resource for design ideas and technical details.
Here’s information on a book devoted to tiny house design.
While these are not specifically for the homeless, it may be a good resource for efficient space usage.
Auburn University has sponsored a series of projects to build cost-effective rural homes. They will soon offer their latest design for a hope costing only $20,000 (excluding property cost).
The MIT dissertation located at http://dusp.mit.edu/sites/dusp.mit.edu/files/attachments/news/mingoya_2015.pdf is one of the most complete resources available.
Catherine Mingoya wrote this for her dissertation in urban planning and examines in depth the mini-houses projects in Madison Wisconsin and Portland Oregon — two very different projects with unique histories and challenges.
While long (89 pages), it offers one of the most complete case studies available online.