Tiny homes emerging as solution for the homeless

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Building codes, zoning ordinances, and opposition from some Chicago residents are among the obstacles.

May 12, 2016
Tiny homes emerging as solution for the homeless

Photo: Inhabitat/Creative Commons.

Tiny homes, as small as 50 to 300 square feet, are growing in popularity as a solution for the homeless.

In Chicago, advocates want to build tiny houses to serve a specific marginalized group: homeless youth. Building codes and zoning ordinances, along with "not in my backyard" opposition from residents, however, could dampen enthusiasm for the trend.

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