There are at least 15 homeless tiny house communities throughout the US that are flourishing and creating affordable housing for homeless residents.
Chicago Tiny House Inc is dedicated not to changing this but duplicating this process for Chicago. We came to our city with a answer to the crisis of homelessness. We do not claim that this method would completely eliminate homelessness but want to offer a way to help with the issue.
The only thing in our way is zoning laws. We are asking Chicago and our state to sign this petition to start the process of zoning for tiny houses in Chicago to help aid in the issue of homelessness.
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
Meeting Address :
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Meeting at Randolph and LaSalle street
For more information Please contact:
Chicago Tiny House Inc
920 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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.