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An Inventory of Tiny House Villages for the Homeless in the United States

Authors: Krista Evans*, Missouri State University
Topics: Planning Geography, Social Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: tiny house villages, homelessness, GIS interactive mapping
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 11:50 AM / 1:05 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Across the country, tiny house villages are growing in popularity as a way of addressing homelessness. However, there has been no formal or sustained effort to document tiny house villages for the homeless. This research involves the development of a database on the location and several characteristics of all tiny house villages for the homeless in the United States (US): those that are currently operational, those planned to open, and abandoned efforts . The data was gathered through an Internet search and outreach to tiny house villages for the homeless. The database not only includes locational information but involves an inventory of several physical characteristics and social amenities at each site. Furthermore, an open-access browser-based web mapping app has been developed which allows users to not only visualize the geographic location and data associated with these villages, but also input data on new tiny house villages for the homeless as they are opened. This Geographic Information System (GIS) app will allow for continued data collection on the basic characteristics of these villages. The database has resulted in several findings: including the average size and cost of tiny houses in villages for the homeless, as well as the percentages of villages that offer amenities such as transportation access and mental health services. This presentation provides an overview of the findings developed from the national tiny house inventory and potential venues of research that may advocates of tiny house villages for the homelessness in best integrating these developments.

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