Pop Up Tiny House Communities

Humble Houses plans to change the world, one pop-up community at a time.  What’s a pop-up community?  Well, we’ve got some strong ideas on how this will work but we are still very early.  What we do know is that we have a heart for the autism community, that there is a severe shortage of housing for this community, and that we know how to build tiny houses.  Feels like a pretty good mix to us, so we’re going to figure it out.

Focusing On The Autism Community

Humble Houses specifically has in mind to focus on young adults on the autism spectrum.  Why?  Well, it’s personal.  The founders of Humble Houses, Peter and Julie, have a twenty year old son on the autism spectrum.  As Peter and Julie researched independent living for their son, they found that options were pretty limited and generally quite expensive.  A standard apartment might have worked, but between the expense of the rental and the cost of living assistance, it seemed impractical, even with grants and other forms of financial assistance.

How about state or county housing options?  Well, when Peter and Julie first researched local options for housing in Montgomery County, MD, they found that while housing was potentially free, the waiting list for housing for their young adult son was – on average – thirty (30) years.  What?  Seriously?  Yep.  Translation:  you only get housing for the most dire circumstances (e.g., both parents pass away).  Keep in mind that this is one of the wealthiest and most progressive counties in the nation.

The situation in Montgomery County has changed for the better in recent years.  Still, the waiting list is long and the likelihood of lining up the right situation, slim.  Peter and Julie still feel like a big picture solution – one that can be applied to potentially any county in the nation – is the way to go.  Let’s solve this the right way and build a model that we can template and then “rinse and repeat”.  One pop-up community at a time.

Okay, So How Would This Work?

We picture a model that allows the following:

  1. Integrated communities
  2. Multiple housing “pods” on the same property
  3. Shared ‘assistance’ services
  4. Mobility provided by Tiny Houses On Wheels
  5. Land provided by government [Hopefully]
  6. Grants to provide project financial assistance

That’s what we’ve got.  It’s the seed of an idea, really.  Long way to go.  What do you think?  Drop us a line and let us know.