Tiny Houses: A Figment Fit For The Imagination, But No Big Affordable Solution?

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In a lengthy, entertaining and informative article, Miles Howard explores the past, present and future of one form of dinky living. He focuses particularly on high tech gingerbread cottages...

Ventura County Swims Against Zoning Tide To Protect Trailer Parks

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From California comes word of more, not less, zoning restriction. That's rare good news for existing affordable housing in America's rapidly-declining stock of trailer parks. Governments from the feds (think...

Portland Prepares For Care And Breeding Of Affordable Grannie Flats

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), grannie flats, garden suites, call them what you will, can be highly affordable. Better still, in a crowded urban landscape they have a residential footprint...

Affordable Housing Wars: True ‘YIMBY’ Can Outflank NIMBY

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By all means, let's hear it for true YIMBY. Hold that thought. We'll be coming back to it. True YIMBY? Does that mean there's a fake YIMBY? Of course there...

Pirates, Cluster Housing and Affordable Shotgun Shacks In The Deep South

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An engaging personal journey into the American South touches upon the swashbuckling origins of a kind of deeply affordable housing. The author ponders whether 'Shotgun Shacks,' as they were...

Tiny Home Living Doesn’t Have To Be A Luxury In Spain

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Luxury? Who says tiny home living is a luxury? Well, affordablehousingaction.org says so. Or at least we point out that it very much CAN be luxury living. Try: Small May...

Small May Be Beautiful, But Who Says It Is Affordable?

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Santa Monica City Council is not impressed with one particular class of tiny homes. Where is their sense of light-hearted romance, you might ask? Tiny homes are a charming feast...

New Phoenix Yacht Club Takes The Float Out Of The Affordable Boat For Artist Live-Aboards

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Yacht racing has been likened to 'standing in a cold shower, ripping up hundred dollar bills.' Still, there's always the opportunity to save a dollar or two by living...

The Futility Of ‘Micro’ Affordable Housing: No Size Too Small To Squeeze For Profit

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Are tiny homes and micro apartments a solution for unaffordable housing? They are often billed as such, though the evidence is scant or non-existent. A Hong Kong high rise...

As Density Zoning Relaxes, Airbnb Is Poised To Gobble Up ‘Garden Suite’ Affordable Housing

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With the Airbnb wolf on the doorstep, Canada's sleepy Prince Edward Island casts a half-opened eye at its rural 'Granny-Suite/Garden Flat' zoning. The idea? Relaxing the 'relatives only and...

Portland’s Ingenious Plan For Creating Tiny Home Landlords: The Movie

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All housed up, but no place to go. It's a growing problem for aging homeowners with limited income who own their home. They lack the cash to move, yet...

Affordable Tiny Homes: Unbearably Cute? Or Just . . . Unbearable

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It seems that many of us view tiny homes with romantic nostalgia — a memory of sitting on a parent's knee listening to fairy stories while agog at picture...

Trailer Park Ploys: Selling Out In A Hot Real Estate Market. Is Zoning The Antidote?

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Trailer Park residents are becoming an endangered species, even as their shrinking habitat is gradually being recognized as an effective form of affordable housing. Tiny homes? Tiny home communities? They're...

‘Safe Parking’ Programs: Protect Your Affordable Tiny Home From Ticket And Towing

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Not everyone is as fortunate as Steven Long. He, like an increasing number of Americans, has been staving off homelessness by living in a vehicle. As far as he...

‘Manufactured’ Homes: Inexpensive False Hope For Affordable Home Ownership?

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With the prefabricated housing offering affordable housing possibilities worldwide, it's hardly surprising that 'mobile home parks', 'caravan parks', 'trailer parks' and similar solutions are being repackaged as 'manufactured home...

You Can Invest In Affordability With A Manufactured Home REIT. A What?

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There are more than a few signs in North America that the hey-day of the much maligned North American trailer park is over. Try: ‘Naturally-Occurring’ No-Subsidy Affordable Housing. Too Bad...

Brandon, Manitoba Affordable Housing: Goldilocks And The Three Bylaws

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The housing in the first bylaw was too large. The housing in the second bylaw was too small. But the housing in the third bylaw was just right. Goldilocks...

Manufactured Homes: Affordable Housing? Or A Dodge To Avoid New Construction?

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Mobile home parks, a.k.a trailer parks, a.k.a manufactured home parks: call them what you will, over time they've attracted a reputation based on their failings, while their successes have...

Welcome Back Granny Flats! (ADU’s To You, Too)

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Private enterprise has had a long history of efficiently accommodating the public need for accommodation. But, thanks to the ever-stretching long arm of NIMBYism (read this New York Times article:...

Poverty-Striken In The Suburbs? An ADU Might Do For You.

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ADU's (Accessory Dwelling Units), granny suites, in-law housing, laneway housing, call them what you will, these old, discredited housing solutions are generating new interest across North America. The favoured flavour...

Downsizing (Or Should It Be ‘Resizing’?) The American Dream

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The postwar housing boom that brought Norman Rockwell's idealized America to a ring of suburbs around every North American city was not built upon 2000-3000 sq ft. ranch houses...

Manufactured Home Communities: Take Out The Trash And Rethink The Affordability

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$70,000 home ownership? It's still possible in 'Manufactured Home Communities'.  That phrase captures solid industrial strength paired with cozy neighbourhoods. Apparently, some 37,000 such communities around America enjoy this kind...

Tent City Of Tomorrow? Strong, Cheap, Beehive Life In Sewer Pipes.

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Does the idea of life in a stack of sewer pipes sound like a nightmare? Do you shudder when you imagine a creepy high rise of tubular sleeping coffins?...

Tiny Homes: A Gateway Drug For Tiny Apartments?

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The sheer cuteness of tiny homes! Compact living in a picture postcard forest of lush greenery! Of course it’s an impossible dream, except in places where there are still wide...

Tiny Houses As Personalized Homeless Shelters— A Stepping Stone To Permanent Housing?

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Can a temporary homeless shelter provide dignity and privacy? These are underlying principles of a San Jose, California initiative to create little villages of tiny, lock-upable homes instead of...

Trials & Tribulations Of Trendy Tiny Homes

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Tiny homes are a fashionably cute idea that has received a hopeful welcome by those desperate for a solution to the affordable housing crisis. Lost somewhere in the enthusiasm...

A Big Problem Cramps A Tiny House Solution

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Like babies and puppies, tiny houses are cute—an almost irresistibly imaginative and economical solution to a housing shortage. But tiny houses are too often plagued by rose-coloured imagery: a...
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