There is a trend in the United States that may just be enough to end the problem of homelessness in this country. This trend is just in a few cities right now, but it is a growing movement that is gathering a lot of steam. The trend is called the tiny house movement.
The basic premise of the movement is this – small houses, usually around 100 square feet each, are built in “villages,” using cheap and recycled materials. Volunteers usually take care of the construction. With their tiny sizes, a lot of houses can be put on a parcel of land, creating a village or community. Most of these places also have common buildings where residents can gather. The houses are inexpensive to produce; according to U.S.
Catholic, some of these tiny houses are as cheap as $5,000. The tiny house movement may be the thing that finally ends homelessness in this country. Those who are volunteers in the movement certainly believe this to be true, and they are very enthusiastic about it.
How Tiny Houses Can Eliminate Homelessness?
No one doubts that homelessness is a huge issue in this country. In one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we have a shameful number of homeless people that runs around 1,750,000, according to National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty statistics, as reported by Statistic Brain website.
Most of these people became homeless through no fault or choice of their own. Once they have fallen into homelessness, people usually find it very hard to claw their way out of it, though some do eventually manage. It’s hard, though, and most communities and the federal government itself offer little in the way of real solutions to this problem.
By building tiny house villages, volunteers are providing shelter that wouldn’t otherwise be available. They are putting roofs over the heads of the homeless, in houses with insulation and heaters to protect them against the elements.
The village aspect of many tiny house communities allows people who live there to make friends, socialize, and take pride of their homes and communities by landscaping and gardening. Making something so positive into something that is visually beautiful gives the homeless a sense of joy, and a sense of purpose once again…. something that many of them have been lacking for a while.
A real sense of community and solidarity often forms in these places, with residents genuinely caring for and looking after each other.
How to Make the Tiny House Movement Even Stronger?
Having a warm, safe place to live makes a huge difference in the lives of homeless people. However, providing this kind of shelter is just the beginning of what needs to be done to combat the problem of homelessness in this country. Tiny houses provide an instant fix to homeless people.
The houses get them off the streets and give them something to do again. However, the houses won’t teach them the things they need to build better lives for themselves, such as job interview skills, addiction counseling, mental health treatment, and job training.
Ideally, tiny houses should be the foundations of the beginnings of new, more stable and prosperous lives for the homeless. This won’t work unless other services are provided along with the homes.
The tiny house movement is an excellent one, and it absolutely has the potential to end the problem of homelessness by giving homes to people without them. These are homes they can stay in indefinitely in most cases, and where they can be safe from the elements and crime on the streets.
This is excellent, and it is already working in many places. However, it won’t feed the homeless or help them improve their lives beyond merely having a roof over their heads. While shelter is important, it isn’t the only aspect of helping this largely disenfranchised segment of our population. There is much more that must be done to give these people the better lives they deserve.