18 Jan 2018

2017 saw an influx of tiny backyard homes to California!


Graphic by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Throughout 2017, municipalities across the State began updating their Accessory (ADU) ordinances to comply with recently passed legislation which encourages the development of small homes within backyards. Some Cities, like Los Angeles, are even considering language for Movable Tiny Houses as accepted ADUs.

This recent Curbed article offers a positive outlook on the developments of this past year. Check out the spike in ADU applications in 2017 across California!

Sonoma County reduces fees for ADUs

Sonoma County was hit hard by wildfires late 2017. The County put measures in place to help people access shelter, such as allowing residence in RVs and manufactured housing in areas previously not permitted, as well as recently waiving fees for the development of ADUs under 750 sq feet.

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

We need more municipalities to take the need for housing seriously – in needs of crisis like during fires, but also during crisis of affordable housing shortages.

Ojai City Council to talk Tiny next week!

After years of sitting on the topic of tiny houses, Ojai City Council is moving forward on their discussion on tiny homes as a legitimate housing option in a town where locals are increasingly displaced by rising rents and property costs. With recent fires destroying so many homes in the area, another housing option is needed more than ever.

OJAI NEEDS YOU TO VOICE YOUR SUPPORT!

Please come out to the meeting and voice your support for tiny houses as a legitimate housing option. City Council will need to be influenced to make changes happen, and your voice/presence can help.

Tuesday, January 23rd – 7 pm
Ojai City Hall
401 S Ventura St
Ojai, CA 93023 United States
Collaborate with Ojai Tiny House Enthusiasts

Support tiny backyard homes in LA County

The County of Los Angeles Planning Commission is meeting to discuss their proposed development standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUS) next week:

Wednesday, January 24 9:00 a.m.

320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Staff Report specifically mentions an investigation into the feasibility of tiny homes as ADUs, expressing that “prefabricated homes, modular construction, shipping containers, and manufactured homes are permitted as ADUs” but reports that they are required to be placed on a permanent foundation. Voice your support for increased ease of developing affordable ADUs, including options such as movable tiny houses placed on a permanent foundation system once cited.

Upcoming Events

Join Los Angeles tiny house enthusiasts & LATCH Collective as we learn all about Tiny House Travel with Tiny House Expedition!

Christian and Alexis are super-advocates for the movement and are also the most traveled tiny house on wheels!

More event info here


Looking to be more involved in on-the-ground advocacy, connecting with other housing advocates and tiny house enthusiasts and advocates around the State?

Have events, good news, or a call to action you’d like to share with this network of over 700 tiny house enthusiasts?

Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com to share your news and/or find out how you can become a tiny house champion in your community and beyond!

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28 Nov 2017

Support tiny backyard homes in LA County – Tomorrow!

The County of Los Angeles Planning Commission is having a Public Hearing to consider new development standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) TOMORROW!

Consider coming and speaking in support of increasing the ease of developing  affordable ADUs.

Graphic by Los Angeles County Arts Commission – details on their tiny house design contest below.

Details you should know

Municipalities across the State are updating their ADU ordinances to comply with recently passed legislation.

The details of the changes presented by LA County can be found here. 

Please note that the County’s ordinance will only apply in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, not the City of Los Angeles or any other city.

Hearing Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Hearing Location: 320 West Temple St., Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012

You will have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments online or at the public hearing.

Check out upcoming tiny house events!

December 6th
3 pm – 7 pm
Altadena, CA

Join Green Circle Alta-Pasadena as they discuss housing affordability in Los Angeles, including tiny houses as an option.
More event info

December 10th
2pm – 6pm
Pasadena, CA

Hosted by Repair Cafe! A mini festival for living large with a small footprint. Check out the informative booths for tips and tricks. Hear stories from people who have owned and lived in small houses. Learn about legal and planning issues. Take home a tiny house model of your own!

FREE EVENT!
Register & Find More Info

Affordable Housing
Design Competition!

YES to ADU encourages architects and designers to serve as creative strategists in service to the Homeless Initiative, promoting affordable housing with inspiring, tangible examples of freestanding ADU’s that the public can visualize in their yards and neighborhoods.

$24,000 in prize money to be won!

Find contest details here

Looking to be more involved in on-the-ground advocacy, connecting with other tiny house enthusiasts and advocates around the State?

Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com to find out how you can become a tiny house champion in your community and beyond!

18 October 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

October 18th 2017

The Ojai City Council will meet TONIGHT!

After a long wait period, tiny house enthusiasts have a rare opportunity to voice their thoughts on the legalization of tiny houses in Ojai. If you’re in the wider area, you don’t want to miss this chance to show your support!

WHEN: Wed., Oct. 18th at 6pm
WHERE: 401 S. Ventura Street, City Hall


Are you in the Antelope Valley area?

Check out the newly formed Antelope Valley Tiny Home Coalition –  an informational and support group for Tiny Lifers, Tiny Home Advocates, and Tiny Home Enthusiasts.

The Antelope Valley Tiny House Coalition recently had their launch party and are planning more to come. The Antelope Valley Tiny House Coalition recently had their launch party and are planning more to come.


Help bring housing to low-income
individuals in Sonoma County.

image from http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7286122-181/sonoma-county-housing-activist-architect?artslide=0 image from http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7286122-181/sonoma-county-housing-activist-architect?artslide=0

The Tiny Houses for Humanity Campaign is a grassroots effort led by Jay Schafer and River King to start a program allowing low-income individuals and families access to housing using tiny houses. They are accepting donations in exchange for autographed copies of Jay’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses and The Small House Book, along with other fun items.


Join the call – help to create a state-wide strategy!

Join tiny house enthusiasts and housing advocates from across the State of California to share updates and learn what’s working. It’s time that we create a strategy for approaching the State of California on legislative options for legal placement for tiny homes.

Call from the comfort of your home.

 

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 29th
5:00 pm  – 6:00 pm
Call 515 739 1411
Access code 742590


We have some time to build support for legalizing Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs on Los Angeles!

The City of Los Angeles is sitting on their draft ADU ordinance   until they can pass a few other items including their Airbnb ordinance. If you recall, this past spring the Planning and Land Use Commission motioned to include language for movable tiny houses in the final ADU ordinance. We can use this time to voice our support for increased options for movable tiny houses within Los Angeles.

Continue the momentum of legalizing tiny houses in LA – Take 10 minutes to write to city council in support of the ADU ordinance and for including language for movable tiny houses now!

Here’s a SAMPLE EMAIL & CONTACT INFORMATION


Upcoming Events…

Legally Living Tiny @ Patagonia in Pasadena

Thursday
September 19th
7:00 pm

Living tiny might be more complicated than you anticipated. With zoning, state regulations, local building inspections, and national codes, there’s a lot to consider when trying to legally live full-time in any home. You’ll learn the different legal definitions of different housing options, where you can park each option, and what codes are relevant. This workshop will have a focus on Los Angeles & California with some examples the City of Pasadena. Led by LATCH Collective co-founder Teresa Baker.

 

 


Have something to share?

Use this network to share your events, important dates, or announcements with tiny house advocates across the State of California. Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com

September 21st 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

Next Tiny Advocacy Network Conference Call…

Join tiny house enthusiasts and housing advocates from across the State of California to share updates, learn what’s working, and discuss strategies for increasing the options for tiny houses as a viable option across the State

Best part is you don’t even have to leave your couch!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24th
7:30 pm  – 8:30 pm
Call 515 739 1411
Access code 742590

We need to put the pressure on the City of LA to get moving on their ADU ordinance!

The City of Los Angeles has been sitting on their draft ADU ordinance for a while, and its time they picked off where they left. A lot of people are waiting for the results of the final version of the City’s ADU ordinance before they go forward with their housing plans, including those with movable tiny houses! If you recall, this past spring the Planning and Land Use Commission motioned to include language for movable tiny houses in the final ADU ordinance. We have not seen this language yet, and would really like to!

Taking 10 minutes to write to your elected official in support of the ADU ordinance and in including language for movable tiny houses will really help to get things going!

Here’s a SAMPLE EMAIL & CONTACT INFORMATION

Upcoming Events…

 

Legally Living Tiny – Temecula  
September 24th  
12:30 pm – 3:30pm

Living tiny might be more complicated than you anticipated. With zoning, state regulations, local building inspections, and national codes, there’s a lot to consider when trying to legally live full time in any home. In this workshop you’ll learn the different legal definitions of different housing options, where you can park each option, and what codes are relevant. This workshop will have a focus on California with most examples from Temecula and the City & County of Los Angeles.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10. Cash donations accepted at the door. 

RESERVATION REQUIRED
 REGISTER HERE.


What’s a Tiny House? – September 28th  
5:30 pm
 

Are converted vans tiny houses? What about ADUs or travel trailers? Join us at Patagonia in Pasadena for an introduction on the ins and outs of WHAT a tiny house is. 

Free – no registration required!


West Coast Communities Conference – September 29th – October 1st. 
 

The theme of the event is Thriving: Not Just Surviving. Fiscal Health in Community.  This is the perfect place to connect with others and potentially learn how to start an intentional community. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED with possibility of reduced registration!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
 


Have something to share?

Use this network to share your events, important dates, or announcements with tiny house advocates across the State of California. Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

5 September 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

 

County supports tiny houses for the homeless!

On August 15th, 2017 The County of LA  Board of Supervisors approved funding allowing financial incentives to homeowners who build permanent foundation tiny houses (ADUs) in their backyards, if they are rented out to families who are currently homeless! 

Read more on this!

The City of LA is currently writing language for movable tiny houses (also known as tiny houses on wheels) to be included in their ADU ordinance. We can help this pass by contacting our council members to let them know of our support for the inclusion of movable tiny houses as ADUs. Take a moment to write in today!
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Here’s a SAMPLE EMAIL & CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Next Tiny Advocacy Network Conference Call…

Join tiny house enthusiasts and housing advocates from across the State of California to share updates, learn what’s working, and discuss strategies for increasing the options for tiny houses as a viable option across the State

Best part is you don’t even have to leave your couch!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24th
7:30 pm  – 8:30 pm
Call 515 739 1411
Access code 742590

Upcoming Events…

American Home –
A tiny house enthusiast’s night out!!
THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8th !

LATCH COLLECTIVE , LITTLE CANDLE PRODUCTIONS, AND THRIVE LA BRING YOU… A fun-packed evening with  music, drinks, tapas, and tiny house experts! The main attraction of the evening is a theater production of the play, American Home. Following the play, you will have an opportunity to meet individuals EXPERIENCED in the areas of tiny house zoning, self-building, living tiny, and more!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

 

LATCH CAMP
Griffith Park
September 17th

The LATCH Camp series invites you to develop an understanding of cooperatives as a business model so that we can effectively transition into a cooperatively owned organization! LATCH Camp allows us to get out of our urban rituals and spend some time in nature, allowing us to pause and learn something about ourselves and others.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE! 
 

What’s a Tiny House? – September 28th  
5:30 pm
 

Are converted vans tiny houses? What about ADUs or travel trailers? Join us at Patagonia in Pasadena for an introduction on the ins and outs of WHAT a tiny house is. 

Free – no registration required!

West Coast Communities Conference – September 29th – October 1st. 
 

The theme of the event is Thriving: Not Just Surviving. Fiscal Health in Community.  This is the perfect place to connect with others and potentially learn how to start an intentional community. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED with possibility of reduced registration!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
 

Tiny House Block Party October 14th
 

Disabled Army Veteran Jason Williams and his wife Taylor are losing their subsidized apartment in November. He wants to convert an old school bus into a home on wheels, a Skoolie. Come out to Nomad Studios in Elysian Valley and help him finish that conversion in time! This is a fundraiser. 

MORE INFO HERE.
 

Have something to share?

Use this network to share your events, important dates, or announcements with tiny house advocates across the State of California. Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

15 August 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

 

Tiny Houses as ADUs in LA

 Across California, municipalities are updating their Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinances to be in compliance with new State Law. This allows for small homes to be built as accessory units to a primary dwelling in most all residential neighborhoods!

The County of LA is considering a program that would offer financial incentives to homeowners who build ADUs in their backyards, if they are rented out to families who are currently homeless.
This will be discussed TOMORROW – August 15, 2017  at the LA County Board of supervisors meeting. See the agenda here. All those interested should attend as public comments are allowed!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017, 9:30 A.M.
BOARD HEARING ROOM 381B KENNETH HAHN HALL OF ADMINISTRATION
500 WEST TEMPLE STREET LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90012

The City of LA is currently writing language for movable tiny houses (also known as tiny houses on wheels) to be included in their ADU ordinance. We can help this pass by contacting our elected officials to let them know of our support for the inclusion of movable tiny houses as ADUs.

Here’s a SAMPLE EMAIL & CONTACT INFORMATION

Upcoming Events…

One Big Home – Saturday, August 26th

Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. 

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

 

American Home – Theater production + Cocktail hour + Tiny House consulting! –  Friday, September 8th

LATCH COLLECTIVE BRINGS YOU… A fun-packed evening with live music, wine & beer, tapas, and tiny house experts! The main attraction of the evening is a theater production of the play, American Home. Following the play, you will have an opportunity to meet individuals EXPERIENCED in the areas of tiny house zoning, self-building, living tiny, and more!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

 

 

West Coast Communities Conference – September 29th – October 1st. 
 

The theme of the event is Thriving: Not Just Surviving. Fiscal Health in Community.  This is the perfect place to connect with others and potentially learn how to start an intentional community. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
 

 

Have something to share?

Use this network to share your events, important dates, or announcements with tiny house advocates across the State of California. Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

14 July 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

July 15

Join the call this Sunday!

 

It’s time for us to once again unite in our efforts to legalize movable tiny houses as accessory dwelling units! Join us this Sunday at 7:30 pm as Eli Lipmen leads us in a call to action. 

Call  (515) 739-1411  Access code 742590

Note – Some phone companies may charge 1 cent per minute. The call will be 1 hour, so the charge should be no more than 60 cents. You should not have to log into any website to access the call. Email us at tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com if you’re having difficulty connecting. 

 

Interested in tiny house villages?

 

Don’t miss out on this great event and the chance to connect with others and lay the foundation for community building efforts.  
Tickets required – reserve your space here. 

Did you hear?

The State of Idaho has accepted the Tiny House Appendix of the International Residential Code! Read more about this here.

We’d like to follow suit in California – be sure to join the conference call for more information!

Have something to share?

Use this network to share your events, important dates, or announcements with tiny house advocates across the State of California. Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

 

2 June 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

         June 2nd 

 

 

Join the call this Sunday!

Tiny house advocates across the State are connecting and sharing their current struggles, success stories, advice, and inspiration. Join us this Sunday at 7 pm and contribute to the growth of the California Tiny Advocacy Network!

Call 605 475 2875.  Access code 5398279. 

Note – Some phone companies may charge 1 cent per minute. The call will be 1 hour, so the charge should be no more than 60 cents. You should not have to log into any website to access the call. Email us at tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com if you’re having difficulty connecting. 

Support community organizers by attending these exciting events!

Be sure to come out for LATCH Collective’s Tiny House Film Series.  Screenings of four inspiring films showcasing conscious living and housing choices will take place throughout June. All screenings are by donation, with proceeds supporting film makers and raising money for a tiny house resource center in Los Angeles!
 

 Friday June 9th         
Legally Living Tiny (part 1) 
By Tiny House Expedition. Snacks and socializing!
Reserve your seat here !

      Wednesday June 14th     
Tiny: A Story about Living Small
 By Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller! Discuss the evolving landscape of the tiny house movement with Director Christopher Smith!
Reserve your seat here ! 

      Saturday June 24th        
Legally Living Tiny (part 2) 
By Tiny House Expedition. Tour a real tiny house, plus discuss the filmmakers adventures and new legal advances in the tiny house movement with Tiny House Expedition!
Reserve your seat here !

     Wednesday June 28th      
One Big Home
By Thomas Bena. Who wins in a Man vs. Mansion housing reality?  Come watch this brand new documentary!
Seat reservations coming soon. 

Congratulations to THRIVE LA on their new move into  Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. If you’d like a tour of their new work space, email Eli Lipmen at eli@thrivela.org

 

        Thursday, June 15         

Join THRIVE LA & nonprofit partner, E Pluribus University, at their first ever fundraising event and watch the sunset, eat and drink, and support ThriveLA’s work!

 

Campaign closes July 14th

Campaign closes July 14th

Tiny Houses for Humanity 

Friends Jay Shafer and River Kingare in the middle of their  Tiny Houses For Humanity Fundraising Campaign to create a tiny house village in the Bay Area for those in need. Support the campaign – your donation is tax deductible.             

 

17 May 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

Join the call & make change!

The Tiny Advocacy Network is growing and growing. We’re starting to connect with tiny house enthusiasts and changemakers across from California to form a California Tiny Advocacy Network. 

On Sunday June 4th, 7 pm Pacific …
Join us in our first Statewide call as we discuss what’s going on in our neighborhood and share ideas for effective change making. 

 

 

What will we discuss?

  • Updates on Los Angeles’ effort to include Tiny Houses as Accessory Dwelling Units 
  • Interest from San Lois Obisbo on incorporating tiny houses into their general plan
  • Plans for a California Tiny House Festival
  • Our strategy to push for the adoption of the 2018 IRC tiny house appendix in California
  • And more! Share what’s going on in your area!

Call (605) 475 2875
Access code 5398279

Note – While this is a free conference call service, there may be a 1cent/minute charge for certain phone carriers. Note that this meeting will go on for an hour – about 60 cents.

 

 

Newcomers very welcome!

We hope that everyone interested will join us from the comfort of their home, regardless of their knowledge on the topic. The goal is to connect and learn! 

 

Have events or news you’d like to share?

We want to help you spread the word! Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com

26 April 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

 

#legalizetinyinLA !

How are your efforts in supporting Tiny Houses as Accessory Dwelling Units (backyard housing) going? Share your advocacy story on social media with #legalizetinyinLA !

Remember, there are many ways you can support legalizing tiny houses here in Los Angeles… here’s two ways to help out this week…

 

 

1. Call or email your Council member and their staff. Tell them you support Movable Tiny Houses in your neighborhood, and why. Click here for a handy sheet of contact information.

 

 

2. Measure your backyard. Help us collect data on the number of yards in LA that could potentially host a Movable Tiny House! Enter in your data here.

 

Have you seen LATCH Collective’s workshop series?

 

Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills required to build your own tiny house, and learn from other tiny house enthusiasts who’ve been where you are in your tiny house journey.

 

April 22nd – Building Tiny on a Budget. Though more affordable than your average home, tiny homes still require financial planning. Reserve your space

 

April 23rd – Build a bench seat. Learn how build your own bench seat, custom fit for your custom space! Reserve your space here.

 

 

 

A build project complete!

 

Congratulations to Makes a Village for completing their first Tiny Home! Set for delivery this week, the cute home has been a labor of love for volunteers and project leads involved.

Find out more about how this organization is serving those in need here.

 

 

Using New Codes & Language

Up in Oregon, tiny house builder and advocate Andrew Morrison has made a list of IRC code approval process by state, which shows that in in order to have the new tiny house appendix to the 2018 IRC adopted by our local municipalities, the State of California first needs to adopt the code.

Andrew Morrison also mentioned the need for us to shift the language we use in describing tiny homes, and we agree!  From the 4/18Tiny House Build newsletter … 4/18, Andrew says “…it’s important that we not call them “Tiny Houses on Wheels” anymore as that creates problems on the code side of things. It is very important that we start referring to them the way we have defined them in the code: ‘Movable Tiny Houses.’ The nuances of language and word choices are extremely important in the code world. The difference between “tiny house on wheels” and “movable tiny house” is enormous and could mean the difference between acceptance and refusal.”
 

 

ACTION NEEDED:
Write to your Local AND State representatives of the importance of having a tiny house code within the IRC as soon as possible.

 

ACTION NEEDED: Try calling them Movable Tiny Houses instead of Tiny Houses on Wheels.

 

 

Keep humble everyone, and enjoy the ride!