A little while back I talked to someone who was a reader of this website; the topic was about how tiny houses might be able to address a need for homelessness. This is of great interest to me as I work for a non-profit in order to reduce poverty and homelessness. My job is a bit different from most who work in this field as I am essentially a staffing agency for volunteers. I seek out non-profits who need volunteers and then get volunteers, train both sides and facilitate them to fight poverty. All of this is done for free, except for when large companies want a “work day” or “community service day” for their employees, we charge them a consulting fee.
Homelessness is a big issue right here at home, with the economy in a funk, I personally know many people who by all measures financially were responsible, saved 3-6 months of expenses in a rainy day savings account, but were still forced out of their home. If you have ever worked with homeless folks, we find that really aren’t that different than us. I was struck by irony one day when I served food to a group of gentlemen who were dressed better than I was. I was struck when 4 nurses who were still employed sat down to eat because they had a job, but couldn’t afford to eat because of pay cuts and they were giving their portions to their kids.
This Atlanta group called the “mad housers” is a really interesting idea of making cheap houses and dropping them off at homeless camps and tent cities. They construct these for around $400 and have a sleeping loft, a wood stove and a place to secure their belongings and sleep safely.
If you live in a city, you may no know, but every city has several tent cities. Homeless people don’t always just sleep on the streets, they construct in prompt tu shelters in groups for security, community and many other reasons. These things are huge too! I have seen some covering an entire acre.
They say this about their mission:
MAD HOUSERS Inc. is an Atlanta-based non-profit corporation engaged in charitable work, research and education. Our charter outlines our goals and purposes:
- To provide shelter for homeless individuals and families regardless of race, creed, national origin, gender, religion, or age.
- To develop low income housing for people in need of housing.
- To help people develop the skills and knowledge for constructing and rehabilitating housing and shelter.
- To increase the quantity and to improve the quality of housing in the world.
- To act, if necessary as an advocate for the homeless, to ensure that their moral and civil rights are protected.
The Mad Housers believe that if a person has a secure space from which to operate, they are much more capable of finding the resources to help themselves.
Check them out here