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Bringing the Tiny House Movement to the Poor

As more Americans fall into debt and dedicate the bulk of their income to home ownership, the Tiny House Movement seeks to bring dignity to small, low-cost spaces as a way to live a downsized lifestyle without sacrificing comfort, aesthetics, or dignity. With Tiny Homes measuring approximately the same size as a standard SRO (roughly 100-400 square feet), it has been proven that the same amenities and design plans that have curated this movement can fit within the same confines as SRO apartment spaces. Using this movement as the catalyst, below-market housing can finally be designed with the same care and dignity that its population deserves.

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  1. How can these same design principles be brought to low-income and/or SRO housing?
  2. Will SRO owners/operators/developers be open to rethinking SRO living?
  3. How can city governments create standards mirrored from the Tiny House Movement to create dignified living spaces for the poor?

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  • Tiffany Apczynski, Director of Social Responsibility, Zendesk

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Tiffany Apczynski, Dir of Social Responsibility, Zendesk

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