Tiny Home in Vancouver is Homeless

“Wanted: a home for a tiny house.

The 144 square-foot house, built by students at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design as potential accommodation for a homeless person on Bowen Island, is itself homeless.

     Charles Dobson, an associate professor of design at the university who has a background in architecture, led a group of about eight industrial design students to create the house, complete with propane fireplace heater, single bed with storage underneath, laminate floors, shower, a small kitchen and composting toilet.

   The house was built, using a $10,000 grant from BC Housing, for the Bowen Community Housing Association, which had expressed interest in using the house as part of a pilot project to deal with the island’s homeless problem.

But Dobson said the association has been unable to find a place to put the tiny house, and the municipality of Bowen Island says it needs more time to sort out zoning and liability issues. ‘It’s a shame because I think they really trying hard to make this work, but all these rules are getting in the way,’ said Dobson. “So we are trying to find a community that will say ‘yes we want to do this.…’”

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Tiny Home in Vancouver is Homeless

  1. Correction to this post:
    According to information from Robin Burger of the Bowen Community Housing Association (BCHA), it has become clear that the Homes for Less II project has ceased to be a collaboration a while before the publication of the article.

    The BCHA and other partners on Bowen Island have worked diligently over a long period of time to find a suitable place for the house built for the Homes for Less II project.

    Burger, who had been instrumental in bringing the Homes for Less project to Bowen Island, made it clear that the BCHA, municipal leaders and the community of Bowen Island have always been supportive of the project and the reason the house could not be brought to Bowen relates to changes in the parameters the house was built to.

    Robin Burger, Chair, Bowen Community Housing Association

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