The tiny house movement has been a boon for people seeking to downsize. The magical looking mini-mansions seem like they're more befitting of elves than of people. However, tiny houses have caught on like wildfire.
All sorts of plans to help the homeless have been proposed; from tent cities to bussing them to Florida. But while some programs may provide relief, the problem still remains. One California man has an unusual solution to the homeless crisis.
Devine's port-a-potty homes contain a foldable bed and a kitchenette. Even though they are made from a bathroom themselves, they also have a bathroom. Devine says he would also like to add a garden and solar panels to the structure.
While this solution seems bizarre, Devine might have a point. Devine knows what he's talking about, having been homeless himself. “I myself have lived home-free, without a home for four years running,” said Devine.
A study conducted by California's Legislative Analyst's Office found that, "A shortage of housing results in high and rising housing costs." This means that an absence of the construction of new apartments will force those at a higher income bracket to compete with others for lower income housing. As a result, middle and lower income renters could be pushed into undesirable living situations.
Additionally, laws against sleeping in cars or on streets are playing a role in the homeless crisis. If the homeless cannot afford a home, yet they cannot sleep on the street, where are they to go? Devine hopes that his tiny houses will provide the shelter that the homeless so desperately need.
Devine is taking donations for his project via his website. His team is comprised of volunteers. As Devine states on his website, "it takes a village," and this effort to improve the community is a true community effort.