In case you've been wondering why Tiny Houses, Micro-houses, Housing Pods and etc. have been in the news a lot these last five years or so, this is why:
A new idea is taking shape in San Jose to help the down and out get out of tents and doorways and into more sturdy shelters. The idea involves building new neighborhoods for the homeless with shed-sized buildings.
The high-end sheds at The Shed Shop in Fremont were never designed to house the homeless
"The most common use is a home office," said Paul Johnston of The Shed Shop
But with sturdy doors and windows, two-by-four construction, insulation and built-in electrical wiring they could be very livable.
"These are made just like a little house would be made," Johnston said.
And that's the idea behind a new idea at San Jose City Hall to help the homeless.
What a great idea! Find a nice piece of public land, say down by the railroad tracks, build a bunch of economical Housing Pods, deliver the poor homeless gentlemen and families to the location and give them each a new home! How tolerant! How humanitarian! How liberal!
|many micro-houses. Note rail-yard.|
Homeless advocates said they do have advantages. "When you give somebody a key to their own door, their own house, that they can call their own that's a victory," said Jenny Niklaus of HomeFirst.
Yeah? Ask the Indians how that worked out for them. Its called a shanty town, and its not normally associated with a healthy and long life. Out of sight, out of mind. Sometimes also known as Coventry.
|First Nations micro-house in norther Manitoba. Note satellite dish.|
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