For some who are unable to buy a ‘bricks and mortar’ house at present, there is possibly another option – a Tiny House.
Jimmy Hirst, director of Polkadot Community Incorporated Association, shared with us a positive example.
“We recently helped a single mother under incredible housing distress living in Mapleton at the time with her two young children. She can now remain in her community of interest so the kids could continue to attend their local school and friends.
“Faced with rising rents, she was unable to find an affordable rental on her low income but was lucky enough to have a bequeathment from an estate overseas that could help her afford to build a Tiny House.
“We designed it to be off grid so there are no power and water bills, just internet, and she now lives paying $125 pw for the location. It’s an absolute win.
“She is building an organic permaculture garden on the property as a gift to the hosts and their children.
“Some of the food she plans to put into a food cupboard on the main road and offer to other struggling mothers and gardening communities in her local surrounds.”
Jimmy believes that if we could validate this form of affordable, eco, movable, low footprint housing, we could keep more people and workers within their community of need and choice.
Tiny Housing as an efficient infill and dignified form of micro-housing enables many benefits to landowners:
– Aging in Place
– Rural Farmworkers
– Property Maintenance
– Extra Income
– Affordable Housing
But ultimately what it creates is a form of affordable housing for singles, couples and small families that is more eco-friendly, and can be a more meaningful way to live.
For more details on Tiny Homes and housing action in the hinterland, visit: polkadot.org.au