A nonprofit in Portland, Oregon is promoting a community of tiny homes as an affordable housing solution for the city’s working poor.

Mike Withey, the co-founder of Microcommunity Concepts, says they are going to fill the need for low cost housing and move forward on microhousing. The group is sponsoring the plan currently working its way through Portland’s building codes and zoning laws.

The community of twenty-five homes will sit on a half-acre. Each house will be only 200 square feet but will include a kitchen, bathroom, living, and sleeping space. Withey says each home will cost just 12,000 dollars, and will rent for as little as 250 dollars per month.

While providing affordable housing for the working poor, these tiny houses will also have a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional homes. More than eighty percent of the carbon pollution from an individual residence comes from energy consumption. Therefore, reducing the size of a home reduces the amount of electricity and fuel needed.

The efficient homes in Withey’s microcommunity will share green spaces, sidewalks and patios, building a sense of community, while reducing carbon pollution.


Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo source: Microcommunity Concepts

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