Tiny houses have become trendy in recent years, as people trade in traditional consumer lifestyles for a simpler option, a living space that’s no more than 400 square feet. But in Detroit, these diminutive dwellings have a lofty goal: giving homeless and low-income people a chance at homeownership. This isn’t a low income housing project. This is a home ownership program. It’s about creating a sense of pride and community. There’s something a lot different about owning a house compared to renting a building. There’s also more pride in owning a home than a trailer. They want to build community, not just housing.
Detroit’s Tiny Houses Give Residents a Home to Rebuild Their Lives