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Andrew Heben
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2016 in Review: The next wave of villages take root
As 2016 draws to a close, it feels as though we are on the cusp of something big... It's hard to believe it's been two and a half years since Tent City Urbanism was published. While I haven't posted here in a bit, in the past I've reported progress made in ...

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"Bridge Housing Communities" approved in San Jose—to be deployed in every district during "shelter crisis"
It seems we are beginning to reach a critical juncture in the movement to permit tiny houses and other minimal shelter designs as a legal dwelling options. As the concept continues to gain momentum, particularly as our nation's housing affordability crisis ...

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"Bridge Housing Communities" approved in San Jose—to be deployed in every district during "shelter crisis"
It seems we are beginning to reach a critical juncture in the movement to permit tiny houses and other minimal shelter designs as a legal dwelling options. As the concept continues to gain momentum, particularly as our nation's housing affordability crisis ...

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HUD Commissioned Study Recommends Building Tiny Home Villages
A slew of clickbait headlines struck fear into the tiny house community last month—stating that a proposed policy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sought to make tiny houses illegal.  In fact, the opposite is true. It turns out HUD i...

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Does HUD really want to make tiny houses illegal, or is the movement entering a new phase?
"HUD Wants to make living in tiny houses illegal!" Source: Activist Post I've seen a ton of these headlines circulating around the interwebs the past couple week or so, and decided to get in on the conversation to try and articulate the irony of this partic...

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2015 in Review: Tiny House Villages progress as traditional housing options continue to fall short
At the end of last year, I wrote one of my more popular posts, titled " 2014—A Pivotal Year for Tiny House Villages ." At the start of the [2014] year, Eugene's Opportunity Village had been open just a few months, Olympia's Quixote Village just a few days, ...

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Tent Cities—Tiny Houses—TEDx
I wanted to share a couple recent and relevant TEDx presenations that are a must see if you're interested in Tent City Urbanism . The first is by Dan Bryant, our executive director at SquareOne Villages , explaining the need for truly affordable housing sol...

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Build Small Live Large 2015
I'll be presenting on affordable tiny house communities at this upcoming conference in Portland on November 6. It's shaping up to be quite the one-day program !... It's just a bummer that my session is at the same time as the Courtyard Clusters session, whi...

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Bernie Sanders: a presidential candidate that understands how to make housing affordable again
For every 100 extremely low-income renter households, there are only 29 affordable and available rental units. This is arguably one of the single greatest challenges faced by American cities. As we move forward with our next tiny house project, Emerald Vill...

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SquareOne Villages + Free Tent City Urbanism Chapter
Now that we have land, I've been busy pulling together the details to move our Emerald Village development forward here in Eugene—resulting in the recent hiatus in posts here on the TCU blog. We've also recently changed the name of our non-profit from Oppor...
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