May 26, 2017

Tiny homes in Detroit


Tree Hugger - Much has been said about how tiny homes will help make housing and home ownership more affordable and accessible to a larger number of people. But access to land and the slow pace of zoning reform have always been two of the biggest barriers. Nevertheless, things are gradually changing, as we can see from the recent efforts to get tiny houses written into the international residential building code, and from this inspiring rent-to-own tiny house project in Detroit that aims to make home ownership accessible to low-income folks.

Local non-profit Cass Community Social Services  kicked off a fundraising event that welcomed the public to tour the first six completed tiny homes, out of the approximately 25 tiny homes in total that are slated to be built in the two vacant blocks. Each home will look different, ranging in size from 250 to 400 square feet and will be erected on its own foundation.

The structures are being built with the permission of the city, and with the help of professional tradespeople and volunteers. The project is using a rent-to-own model, with rental prices set at $1 per square foot, meaning that a 300-square-foot house would cost $300 in rent per month.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not exactly homes, but some Japanese ski resorts have the smallest rental living spaces on the planet.

No standing room. They contain just a small bed, and have the approximate dimensions of a drawer in a morgue.
You slide in.