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Tiny Houses Replace Tents for Homeless

In Olympia, Washington, one-time tent dwellers take up residence in 144-square-foot houses they can call home

Posted on Feb 20 2014 by Scott Gibson

Architect Sarah Susanka made a big splash with her 1998 book The Not So Big House, arguing that Americans didn’t need sprawling drywall palaces with two-story foyers and rooms that people rarely used. She wanted designers and homeowners to go on an architectural diet.

Susanka might not have been thinking of micro-houses barely big enough for a bed and chair. But very small houses are gaining ground, and in one Washington State community they’ve become an innovative way of getting homeless people out of leaky tents and under a dry roof.

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  1. Photo courtesy of Panza
  2. Garner Miller

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