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Legalize Tiny 2-Part Online Advocacy Training

Legal tiny house placement remains as one of the most significant challenges within the overall movement. While progress is steadily occurring, there is much work left to do. But how can you help? An upcoming online advocacy training aims to provide the tools you need to make an impact in your local community.

In the Legalize Tiny 2-Part Online Advocacy Training, learn best practices for working with your local officials to help get tiny homes legalized in your city or county, June 24th and July 8th.

It will be led by a national advocate, Dan Fitzpatrick. His main goal is to share how you can work with your local government officials on making changes to land use ordinances and building codes to be tiny home friendly. For the last five years, Dan has worked on this very topic.

He is now the Tiny Home Industry Association (THIA) president, as well as the Director of Government Relations for the American Tiny House Association. Working with these organizations, Dan has made numerous presentations to state and local governments throughout the United States. Further, he wrote and processed the ordinance amendments that legalized movable tiny homes as ADU’s in Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Santa Clara County in California.

Additionally, Dan worked on state law changes in WA, OR, FL, NH, CA, and ME and continues to consult with local tiny home advocates around the country.

Dan’s has an extensive background, 45 years’ worth of experience, in executive level management and administrative leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. His government experience spans duties as Assistant City Manager for the City of Las Vegas and in California, as Fresno County’s Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Director of Fresno’s Redevelopment Agency.

About Legalize Tiny 2-Part Online Advocacy Training:

The training is available to all THIA members at no cost. For non-members, by purchasing one $25 ticket, you receive access to both Part 1 and Part 2 of the training webinars. Ticket purchases also come with an annual Individual Membership to the Tiny Home Industry Association, who is on a mission to advocate to legalize tiny homes as permissible and permanent housing.

The 2-Part Webinar series will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the governmental approval process
  • Identifying & using information resources
  • How to identify & talk with government leadership
  • Building an effective local coalition
  • Review of specific arguments, graphics, and presentations that have proven successful in promoting tiny homes

Following the main presentation, join Dan for a live Q&A session. He’ll be joined by THIA board directors, Lindsay Wood of Experience Tiny Homes and myself, co-creator of the educational documentary series, Living Tiny Legally.

Sign-up for the Advocacy Training here.


by Alexis Stephens, Tiny House Blog contributor
My partner, Christian, and I are traveling tiny house dwellers. Together we’ve traveled for 4.5 years for our documentary and community education project, Tiny House Expedition. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. This is our life and our true passion. And we are very grateful to be able to experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.

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