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Tiny houses: good or bad?

April 20th 2017

Utter relief or deplorable?

Homeless people in Seattle are being offered their own wooden huts and tents in a new settlement behind a petrol station.

'Othello Village' is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and offers residents a shower, toilet and kitchen along with boxes of food.

The settlement is part of a wider 'tiny house' movement across? the USA which, according to the Guardian, has been accused of starting shanty towns or slums.

Barbara Poppe, former director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, called some of the houses "completely deplorable", arguing this stigmatises its residents. However, in Olympia, Washington, a 'tiny house' resident named Alan calls his home an "utter relief" having stayed now there for two years.

In response to the 'shanty town' comments, he said: “To the people out there on streets, living in cardboard boxes in alleyways, this represents the promised land.”


Apr/May 2017



Rogue landlords

Dual diagnosis

Object Hunters

Benefit cut for the young

Homeless migrants targetted

Glasgow street death

Christian kitchen made homeless... again

Universal Credit U-turn

Welfare Fund to fill gaps

Calls for 'help-to-rent' scheme

Cop case takes the biscuit

PSPOs still a threat

The Homeless Barbers

Cardiff homeless rates soar

New resource for job seekers

The Homeless Period

Finland sets new benchmark

U.S. budget trumps poor

Tiny houses: good or bad?

Peru floods

'Work-for-a-day' pilot project

'Safe Space' for Sydney


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