Call to action

Call to action

Dear Tiny House community                                                                                                                                 Friday, September 28, 2018 This call to action is being submitted by Chicago Tiny House Inc. to all the fine residents of Chicago who are in favor of building community based tiny houses for our veterans and homeless residents of Chicago. Our Organization has taken on the challenge of helping our city support our fellow residents by providing community based housing at low to no cost to our clients. We cannot continue our plan of aiding our fellow homeless, without proper zoning changes. We feel our voices have gone unheard and have been put through wave after wave of political red tape. We have submitted two different proposals which outline a basic plan of building tiny house communities throughout Chicago and have hundreds of people backing our project as well as two prominent alderman backing our project. Our organization, Chicago Tiny House Inc., turned in the first proposal to build to our city department of planning back in April of 2018, to which was asked to be reworked and resubmitted. We then reworked the proposal and included the suggested changes and resubmitted on 07/10/2018. The second turn in of our proposal was accepted and tabled at Rahm Emmanuel’s request citing the city needed more information on tiny houses. Since then, we have no idea on what is going on nor do we know what direction our proposal is headed. We kindly ask that our proposal be approved so that we can continue helping our fellow residents to the best ability that we can. We have tried all legal endeavors and are now at the point where all we need is city approval and are not getting any communication from the city. Therefore, we encourage all our supporters to stand in mass, along with Chicago Tiny House Inc. to support our project. We want to show this city that we are serious and need to implement tiny houses to help put a dent in homelessness.   We are asking all our supporters to show interest by rallying on the sidewalks of city hall alongside with Chicago Tiny House Inc.  

 When: November 2, 2018

Where: City Hall Sidewalks

Time 10:00am

Meeting Address :

City Hall 121 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60602

Meeting at Randolph and LaSalle street

   For more information Please contact:    Brien Cron President, Founder Chicago Tiny House Inc 920 West Wilson Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60640 [email protected] (312)-383-7519  

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2018 Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser

2018 Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser

Welcome to the Annual Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser

This event will include The awesome musical talent of Teel Short, Leper & Ryan Wendt

There will be Guest Speakers and major announcements to be heard about Chicago Tiny House Inc. 

There will be lots of food music and raffles so please spread the word !!!! 

This event is being hosted by Chicago Tiny House Inc to welcome new support and raise money for our upcoming
Pilot program for Chicago.

Get Tickets today 

 

Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser Itinerary

Doors Open: ……………………………………..4:30 PM

Dinner: ……………………………………………..5:00 PM

Intro On Night:…………………………………. 5:15 PM

DJ and Food:…………………….5:15 PM – 6:.00 PM

Brien CTH …………………………5:40 PM – 6:00 PM

Ryan Wendt Music……..……..6:00 PM – 6:35 PM

Alan Mills Speaker……………..6:40 PM – 7:00 PM

Teel Music ………………….…….7:00 PM – 7:35 PM

Mission USA………………………7:40 PM – 8:00 PM

Leper Music…………….…..……8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Silent Auction Results
50/ 50 Raffle Results…….……8:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Thank-You Sendoff ….………..9:00 PM – 9:15 PM

Note: All Media Required to register in advance for event. for information please email us at: [email protected]

Amazing News for Tiny Houses

Amazing News for Tiny Houses

In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, a resident walks past a row of tiny houses at a homeless encampment in Seattle where full size homes stand behind. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to move hundreds more homeless people into tiny homes, emergency shelters and other immediate housing in the next 90 days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file) ORG XMIT: PDX301

Under fire for removing homeless

from Lower Wacker,

Emanuel turns to tiny homes

Reported by Fran Spielman of the Suntimes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is forging ahead with a plan to build “tiny homes” on vacant city lots to create “permanent housing options” for Chicago’s “most vulnerable residents.” Under fire for ordering a homeless encampment on Lower Wacker Drive to vacate the site while the city fences it off to prevent their return, City Hall has issued a “request-for-information” from housing developers and non-profit housing agencies interested in building tiny homes.

Responses that will help the city “assess the viability of tiny homes within the context of local neighborhoods, the municipal code and affordable housing resources” are due back July 13. Development costs must “not exceed $2 million.” That means Chicago will be starting with a pilot about as small in scale as the homes themselves.

Interested developers were asked to “target specific sites and populations”–– including the chronically homeless, low-income residents, veterans and senior citizens –– and explain “the rationale for any proposed changes to the city’s zoning ordinance.”Tiny homes are stand-alone homes that generally include less than 500 square feet of living space, including kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas. Some models include a bedroom or second-floor loft area. Others include a combination bedroom and sitting area.

The Chicago experiment will be bankrolled by revenues generated by the city’s home-sharing fee and fees paid by developers who choose to contribute to the city’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund in lieu of building affording units on the site of their projects. With an estimated 8,700 homeless residents, Chicago is a perfect place to test the tiny homes movement, according to Nonie Brennan, CEO of All Chicago, which provides “backbone support” to Chicago’s homeless population.

She predicted a “tremendous amount of interest” from developers and non-profit housing agencies in a city that has already hosted a tiny homes conference.“We see it bubbling up in other communities and I feel very fortunate to live in a place that’s gonna be at the forefront of this,” Brennan said. “It’s a good way to create additional affordable housing. I don’t think it’s the only answer. But it’s one way to do it. There are people interested in developing this type of housing. And often, it can be developed quite quickly and become an asset to our community.”

As for the $2 million limit, Brennan said, “I see this as a beginning. This is a place to start. I’m hoping we’re gonna grow from this.”Last fall, the City Council held a hearing on the tiny homes concept, after Ald. Edward Burke (14th) urged the mayor to explore “out-of-the-box solutions to a chronic problem” of homelessness that “all major urban centers face.” Burke argued then that Chicago should follow the lead of “10 states –– from Florida to New York to California and in the Pacific Northwest” and build 320-square-foot homes that cost just $2,000 and can be put up in a few weeks.

“These tiny houses afford a level of privacy unavailable in crowded and often dangerous homeless shelters,” Burke said.Aldermen were told on that day that the city had been “approached by a number of developers,” including Catholic Charities, and that Emanuel was exploring the possibility of building “at least one, maybe two” projects on “vacant city land.” “While we agree that tiny homes can be built and frankly should probably be encouraged as part of a broad strategy to increase the supply of housing and access to affordable housing, we must be thoughtful and considerate of those intended to live in these tiny homes,” Anthony Simpkins, managing deputy commissioner of the Housing Bureau of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, said then.

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) grew up in Cabrini Green and serves on the board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.His fast-growing West Loop ward also has homeless people living under viaducts along Hubbard Street who “don’t want to go” to shelters for fear of the “gang-banging and extortion” that goes on there, the alderman said. “People just want their own space. They want their shopping cart, their suitcases or whatever they have in their own space. And no matter how many times you move `em, they’re gonna take all that stuff and find them a spot for their own space,” Burnett said.

“This would give them an opportunity to have dignity, to have their own space. They can lock their door. They can protect whatever they have and have a place to lay their head. It’s a very humane thing.”

ONE WEEK TILL OUR FUNDRAISER!

ONE WEEK TILL OUR FUNDRAISER!

Friday, January 26

7:00 p.m.

Wilson Abbey

931 W. Wilson Ave.

Chicago, Illinois

We are excited to meet you and share our vision for eliminating homelessness in Chicago. Tiny Houses are trendy right now. People are discovering the challenge and joy of becoming downwardly mobile, practicing minimalism, and reducing their carbon footprint with a simpler lifestyle. There are even HGTV shows about it: Tiny House, Big Living; Tiny House Hunters; and Tiny House Living.

We’re not in this for the trend. When we look at the potential tiny houses have, we immediately imagine a small community of tiny houses existing to alleviate homelessness in Chicago. Small spaces providing a sense of ownership and security. A stepping stone to independence.

One of our biggest hurdles is Chicago zoning laws. There are incredibly strict requirements for building, and at the moment there is no zoning that would allow for tiny houses to be built. We are working with a lawyer, aldermen, and other organizations to obtain new zoning for tiny houses.

The American TIny House Association has a wealth of information on zoning. There are townships and counties in Michigan, South Carolina, Utah, Tennesee, Colorado, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Texas. The biggest city to have no minimum size for houses is Philadelphia.

Smaller cities are amending their zoning regulations to include tiny house dimensions. Why is Chicago, one of the most pioneering cities in America, not considering the potential of tiny houses?

You can help us by attending our fundraiser next Friday night, the 26th, and donating to our fund to build a tiny house prototype. We believe that actually seeing and walking through a tiny house may change people’s minds and influence their decisions to allow for tiny house communities.

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