A community group– Tiny Houses Greensboro– has formed in the IRC community and is looking at the ways that small scale living might assist individuals as they transition out of homelessness.
Interest in small housing alternatives has burgeoned in the United States in recent years, and several cities have integrated this interest with developing small housing programs for people coming out of homelessness.
Could something like this work in Greensboro? That is the question that Tiny Houses Greensboro, IRC guests and volunteers, and other community groups such as Resources for Artful Living (REAL) are asking.
This weekend, REAL and Tiny Houses Greensboro will be sponsoring a Tiny House Building Workshop where a prototype home will be built. Participants will be led by professional builders in this two day workshop* to create a tiny home on a trailer, to be housed temporarily at the IRC.
What does a tiny house prototype do for our community?
The prototype will help the community do three things:
1. Have a real-life model of a tiny home allows us to work with inspectors to work out any kinks in the design and figure out any changes necessary to make small homes a feasible option for Greensboro.
2. Creating a real-life model allows IRC guests who are experiencing homelessness to inspect, tour, and offer feed back on what they would like to see in a potential tiny home community.
3. This project will create a place… literally… for community members to put their heads together and figure out ways that they could contribute to the potential development of a tiny home community in Greensboro. #communityworks
*Note: at this time, the building workshop is full. However, follow us on Facebook to learn about future plans from the Tiny Houses Greensboro project.
IRC Executive Director Michelle Kennedy and IRC guest David Merritt inspect the tiny home prototype flooring system being created in the IRC warehouse.