24 Feb 2017

TINY ADVOCACY NETWORK NEWS

HUGE EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
ImagineOpolis brings us… Tiny House in My Backyard! 

This creative demonstration event will help policymakers visualize the potential of tiny houses as backyard homes, and your presence will show support for this housing option!
Come tour backyard homes in South LA during our open house hours.

Join our Reception for snacks and inspiring, imaginative talks from LA MasCRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages at L.A. Eco-VillageTHRIVE LAMakes a VillageLATCH CollectiveSolhaus Design, the American Tiny House Association, and more!

Open House Hours
Sunday March 5th 1 pm – 3 pm
Monday March 6th 10 am – 2 pm
 Reception
Sunday March 5th 3 pm – 4 pm

Event location is 3833 3rd Ave, Los Angeles. Parking is street parking and will be limited – consider carpooling or taking the Expo line!
Stay up-to-date with event details through the Facebook event here.
Please consider donating either $, time, or materials needed to make this event a smashing success!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEGALIZE TINY HOUSES in LA

Tiny house advocates have been working hard to legalize Movable Tiny Houses as Additional Dwelling Units. Contact to your elected official and tell them why you’d like to see Movable Tiny Houses allowed as backyard homes! We only have a short window to act on this amazing opportunity, so make your voice known!

TINY HOUSE PROJECTS POPPING UP ALL OVER CALIFORNIA!

Under the Step Up Housing Initiative passed unanimously at their recent meeting, Berkeley City Council approved 100 of micro-units to be installed on city-owned land and be offered as housing to the homeless! Read more here.
In Fresno, California, Habitat for Humanity is looking into developing tiny house subdivisions that meet zoning requirements! Imagine the momentum the tiny house movement could receive if supported by an internationally acclaimed organization such as Habitat for Humanity!

AN ELECTION IS COMING UP

Do you know how you’re voting on March 7th?
Abundant Housing LA is AGAINST Measure S, saying “There’s a whole host of reasons why Measure S is bad for LA; most importantly it’ll drive up rents, worsen traffic, and kill tons of jobs – you can read the full scoop here.

If you’d like to help spread their message – the invite stands: “Please join us as we go door-to-door and spread the word to vote No On S. Everyone will meet and then we’ll head out to get the word out. And after we’re done, free lunch.”

Move LA supports measure H, saying “Measure H would provide $355 million annually for 10 years to fund a coordinated countywide approach to providing homeless services ranging from mental health counseling and job training to treatment for addiction, expanded outreach, rapid re-housing, help with rent over the short-term, more affordable housing, and improved case management. Services would be offered beginning in July of this year!” You can pledge to vote for Measure H HERE!

TINY HOUSE EVENTS COMING UP NEAR YOU

Friday February 24th – Last day of the FREE online Tiny House Summit featuring over 40 amazing, inspiring, informative speakers, all from the comfort of your home! Sign up here.
February 25th – Needs-based design workshop with Isabelle Larue – Reserve your space here.
March 3rd  – 5th Diane Leafe Christian in Los Angeles, with workshops on ecovillages, intentional communities, and more. Learn more here.
March 4th  – Living Tiny Legally workshop with Tessa Baker. Reserve your space here.
March 5th  and 6th  – Open house hours – Tiny House in My Backyard. Find out details here.
March 5th – Tiny House in My Backyard reception. Register here.
March 11th – Designing your Floorplan workshop with Kim Falaniko. Reserve your space up here.

The Tiny Advocacy Network of LA (TAN) is focused on advocating for improved local zoning bylaws and building codes to foster housing solutions including tiny houses.

“UNITING IN OUR SHARED INTERESTS OF AFFORDABLE BY DESIGN, SUSTAINABLE AND MINIMALIST HOUSING, WE USE OUR SHARED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED HOUSING OPTIONS, ALLOWING THE NEEDS OF THE TINY HOUSE COMMUNITY BE HEARD AND MET. WE AIM TO IMPROVE THE WIDER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY’S UNDERSTANDING OF TINY HOMES AND THEIR PLACE AS A LEGITIMATE HOUSING SOLUTION.”

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14 Feb 2017

READ ADU ‘BOUT IT!

Hello, Tiny House Enthusiasts!

The Tiny Advocacy Network of LA has made some inspiring progress as of late, opening a dialogue on tiny homes with the City of LA. There are some great people in City Hall who are truly dedicated to finding solutions for affordable housing, who are considering how to be more accepting of tiny houses as legitimate housing for anyone desiring this option. 

This month, the City of LA is discussing and will be soon voting on their new Additional Dwelling Unit  (ADU) ordinance. We have a real chance at getting City Council members to consider Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs!! 
This past week, Tiny House Experts from across the country have pitched in to crafting a strong alternative ADU ordinance that includes Tiny Houses on Wheels (thank you Andrew Morrison, Alexis Dehart Stephens, Vina Lustado, Jay Schafer, Dan Fitzpatrick, and Amy Turnbull)!!! This collaborative effort has been truly wonderful and gotten us to a very strong proposal… but we need a champion on City Council to take the reigns from here.

Oddly enough, this is where YOU come in! HELP LEGALIZE TINY HOUSES IN LOS ANGELES

IN SEARCH OF…

1) A cute, finished moveable tiny house to borrow for 1 or 2 days
and/or
2) A backyard large enough to fit a cute tiny house for a few days located in the City of Los Angeles (preferably CD 1,8,9,12, or 14). 
3) Donations/lending of pots, planters, potted shrubs and flowers, garden boxes, soil, stepping stones, etc… 

Email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com if you can help in any way.

On March 5/6, Tiny Houses will be popping up in backyards around Los Angeles and allowing city officials to come and explore in person the wonders of Tiny Houses! We need your support to help pull this event off!

In the meantime, you can help build support for Moveable Tiny Houses as ADUs from the ground up! Ask your neighborhood council if they would hear a presentation by the American Tiny House Association on tiny houses as a housing option during their next meeting. Email CA@americantinyhouseassociation.org  if you get any interest, or,  share this email directly with them!

IN OTHER NEWS

 

Check out Potters Lane , an affordable housing project using shipping containers which just opened its doors!

From February 20th to 24th, join tiny house enthusiasts from around the country online at the FREE Tiny House Summit! Registerhere

LATCH Collective has announced a workshop series, teaching skills you can learn now to start making your transition to living tiny. 

The vote on Measure S is coming around the corner. Be sure to do your research to find out where you stand! Click here for an article covering both sides of the story, and click here to read Abundant Housing LA’s Anti-Measure S standpoint. While we want you to make your own decision, we can tell you that certain efforts to create tiny house communities involving zone changes would be shut down if Measure S passes. 

Cheers, for now!

Teresa Baker (who also responds to Tessa, Tesmanian Devil, and That Tiny House Lady) is passionate about increasing options for affordable housing in the Los Angeles area, specifically small and tiny houses! She is the California-LA State Chapter Leader for the American Tiny House Association, and is the Co-Founder of LATCH Collective – an organization empowering people to build their own affordable-by-design housing. She also manages the social group Tiny House Enthusiasts on Meetup and Facebook, which are wonderful places to make connections with others, as well as organizing the Tiny Advocacy Network of LA. Teresa lives in Los Angeles with her wife Shaina and pitbull Waffles, but is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada where she studied Regional and Urban Planning as well as Indigenous Studies. She and her wife will be building her own tiny house at LATCH Collective this year!

 The Tiny Advocacy Network of LA (TAN) is focused on advocating for improved local zoning bylaws and building codes to foster housing solutions including tiny houses.

“UNITING IN OUR SHARED INTERESTS OF AFFORDABLE BY DESIGN, SUSTAINABLE AND MINIMALIST HOUSING, WE USE OUR SHARED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED HOUSING OPTIONS, ALLOWING THE NEEDS OF THE TINY HOUSE COMMUNITY BE HEARD AND MET. WE AIM TO IMPROVE THE WIDER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY’S UNDERSTANDING OF TINY HOMES AND THEIR PLACE AS A LEGITIMATE HOUSING SOLUTION.”