We are Craving Community

Posted June 2nd, 2009 by Hillary "Tinyhouse" and filed in Issue 6: Community

Ecovillage at Ithaca, NY (Jim Bosjolie)

From expats to college students, breast cancer survivors to renters tired of renting, we are people who crave affordable communities. We have joined the Tiny House Village Network, a private online space I set up to discuss the formation of real tiny house villages.

Americans from all over the country are joining and clammering for the same thing:

  1. the ability to live in a small, affordable home without breaking any laws in the process;
  2. the opportunity to “park” that home on a small piece of land;
  3. to live with other like-minded people and maybe grow some food together.

To paraphrase, we just want to live a little more simply.


Third Street Cottages (Ross Chapin Architects)

These requests should not be complicated, but because of the bloated housing industry, distorted municipal codes and unnecessary zoning laws, they are incredibly difficult for the average person to navigate.

It’s hard for me to express how important I think this project is. The numbers should speak for themselves: home vacancy rates soar, tent cities are on the rise, more and more people are living in and around the edge of poverty.

In the Tiny House Village I learned that Jeff is building a retreat center in the Adirondack foothills, Willy wants to develop some lakefront land in Michigan, Jeff & Arlene are building a Tumbleweed house on wheels and looking for someplace to park it, Ann is keeping a scrapbook for her dream home which she plans to build herself in 3 years, and Pete has been living in a cabin in the Yukon for 3 years with no running water.

There are over a hundred of us now. We all want to create a community. An intentional community. We are seeking movers and shakers — builders, developers, parks people, land owners and tiny house enthusiasts alike. Please join us and help make things happen.

Hillary lives in a 677 sq. ft. historic home with her partner while renovating a 50 sq. ft. tiny trailer. Her blog is located at thistinyhouse.com. She is a freelance writer and consultant.

2 Responses to “We are Craving Community”

  1. HeatherNo Gravatar says:

    This is an amazing idea. We built a 570 sq ft home 5 years ago in CO but it was difficult to find a subdivision that would accept this small of a home. A community such as this would have been a life saver. Currently, we are embarking in graduate school otherwise we would enjoy helping with this project. Once we settle where we will get into grad school (most likely in NC) we hope to get a yurt or build a shipping container home somewhere that will allow us. :) Good luck!!!

  2. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    Hi, I just tried to join on the Tiny House Village Network website and got an error message, are you aware that the site is not working? I would love to learn more.