Cass Community Social Services has developed a creative plan to help the city's homeless: build a community of tiny homes. It's certainly not the first tiny house community to help the homeless. Curbed Austin featured a story about their community earlier this week. But this program addresses a few key issues in Detroit.
The group owns two blocks of land north of its campus at Woodrow Wilson and Elmhurst. The plan is to build between 20-25 tiny homes, 300-400 square feet each.
People in need would rent these homes until they can earn the property (explained in the video below).
This development would address three critical issues:
- Turning the homeless into homeowners
- Bringing density to an area that has vacant lots and abandoned houses
- Creating inexpensive, green-friendly housing in the community.
"Finally, residents in the Tiny Homes will be able to access most of the other services available at CCSS - educational, recreational, nutritional, medical, mental health programs and as well as social activities. Everything will be within a few blocks (a short distance for a pedestrian or a cyclist). This will be a monumental improvement for people who don't have transportation."
The group has started a fundraising campaign for the project, which discusses these ideas in greater detail.