In Kansas city, Missouri a non profit organization started by 3 veterans helps homeless veterans get housing and vital services. The three mens’ mission was to build a community center and fifty tiny houses. The partners overcame many obstacles including city codes but finally succeeded. Many homeless veterans now have the help they need to become self sufficient, and they’ve begun the same type of community in Nashville, Tennessee.
An international company called “Ryterna modul” hosts an architectural competition every year. This year the challenge was innovative tiny house designs. All of the winners used similar methods to incorporate innovative uses of our natural resources such as rainwater collection systems, water recycling systems, and the use of solar panels to name a few. The top four winners, including first place, second place, third place, and a honorable mention were of very different design. One was in a semi-circle arch shape, one looked like a trapezoid, one looked like a semi-trailer made of glass, and the last was made up of room pods that anyone could arrange like a puzzle to build their perfect tiny home. Competitions like this inspire people all over the world to find new and amazing ways to solve world problems like housing and using renewable energy.
As the world population grows, so does the demand for and the price of real estate, especially in urban areas. Very small lots and empty buildings inspire architects to creatively design living spaces that fit into small lots and unused existing buildings. These non traditional living spaces are designed with thoughtful use of space for living and storage, as well as leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible.
For this family of 5 walking up and down streets everyday, begging for food is normal. Earlier this year that is what this family did every single day 7 days a week. They went door to door, store to store, and restaurant to restaurant begging for food, money, shelter, and even water. Until just about a few months ago, Humble design saw what was happening to this single mom and her four children, at the time, Humble Design was giving houses to the homeless, as they did for this family of five. Since then this family has been very happy in their new home provided by Humble Design.
High school students in Seattle are working with a non profit organization to design and build tiny homes to be placed in homeless camps. The houses may be temporary or long term, but they will always be someone's’ home. This tiny house project is called the nest because the students think that a nest would feel warm and homey. As the tiny home comes together at the back of the school grounds, the students who have designed and built this tiny home feel accomplished by doing good in their community. Having a nest will give homeless people dignity and pride. The houses may be temporary or long term, but they will always be someone's’ home.