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Are Tiny Homes the key to ending homelessness?

Local business owner and philanthropist Billy Maddalon penned a commentary in the Charlotte Observer recently, zeroing in on the city’s affordable housing crisis and a possible solution: Tiny Homes.

But there’s a problem. Some in the community are worried about how tiny homes will affect property values.

Cue Maddalon:

The math we do in our heads often gets skewed by irrational assumptions. Euclid’s first common notion in his ancient book of mechanical law says, “Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other.” In other words, if A = B and B = C then A = C. For purposes of this conversation, if small houses = small incomes and small incomes = undesirables, then small houses = undesirables.

It is true. People equate poverty with a certain “undesirableness.” It’s an unfortunate reality.

But tiny home advocates really are on to something, not only here in Charlotte, but elsewhere, too.

Across the nation, those working to end homelessness have found tiny homes to be the perfect solution. YES! Magazine profiled just a few of those nascent projects a few years ago. Click here to read more about them.

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Learn more about how Hearts Beat as One Foundation is working to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

 

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