Creating Tiny Home Community in our NIMBY World

So you want to start a tiny house community...

The world of development is complicated, doubly so for non-traditional concepts or even for projects labeled 'affordable housing'. These kinds of developments raise concerns about lowering property values, safety, community aesthetics, etc. Welcome to the reality of NIMBY (not in my backyard) criticism. 

Community education is often the first step to changing the hearts and minds of your neighbors and local policy makers.

What is a tiny house community, and why create this kind of development? How can you activate a pro-THIMBY (tiny house in my backyard) attitude in your town? My Tiny House Summit presentation explores these questions and the diversity of tiny house communities across the United States. It provides an in-depth look at various existing community models—the pros, the cons, legalities and feedback from the neighbors.

Tiny House Expedition with Alan Graham, the founder of Community First! Village in Austin, TX

For a look at more tiny home communities and tiny house friendly places, explore this expansive gallery from our Tiny House Expedition travels. This includes various approaches and models with differing legal status. See captions for details.

Community Variables:

  • Intended for moveable tiny houses and/or tiny houses on foundation
  • Includes professionally built and/or DIY tiny homes
  • Rentals available: tiny house or lot rentals (short or long term)
  • Created for those who have made a lifestyle choice
  • Created for low-income housing, including full-time, part-time and/or transitional housing

What would your ideal tiny home community look like?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Theodore Nwangene - May 19, 2017 Reply

Okay this is cool Alexis and I love the way with you presented your video slides..make perfect sense and it of course teaches the intricacies and the importance of building a friendly community and being some sort of cool lad around your neighbourhood,which I believe is the coolest thing to do. Thanks for sharing this man!

Alexis Stephens - May 22, 2017 Reply

Thank you very much Theodore! Tiny home communities and advocacy is one of my passions in life. Happy to share it with you!

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