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! 

 

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27 March 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

As you may have heard, last week was a big week for local tiny house advocates here in Los Angeles!

Click here for a recap of what happened at City Hall.

With one victory down, we’ve got a few more to go, and we need to keep our momentum up! Our goal is to get a majority of council members in favor of the option to live in Movable Tiny Houses as Accessory Dwelling Units. To achieve this, we need your help!

If you want to see more options for legally living tiny in the Los Angeles Area, do at least one of the following…

1. Join in the conversation. This Thursday at 4  – 5 pm Pacific, we’ll be holding a California Tiny Advocacy Network conference call – please join in. We’re expanding our reach beyond LA! 
Call (605) 475 2875
Access code – 7850448

2. 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.

3. Tell your friends and family to support the ADU ordinance. The State of California now requires municipalities to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (backyard homes) in most residential areas, but some neighborhoods are still trying to stop them. This NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) attitude will hurt creative ADU solutions like Movable Tiny Houses. Spread the love for ADUs and their huge potential for creating affordable housing AND support homeowners without dramatically changing the landscape of our neighborhoods.

4. Come out to the next hearing to make a public comment.
We’re not sure when this is going to council for a final vote, but if we know you’re interested, we will send you a VIP invite once we find out! You can also subscribe to the City’s Council File and get notices from them here.

5. 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.

FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO! 

Did you hear? Tiny House Expedition has released Part 2 of Living Tiny Legally!
A screening of the film is in the works – stay tuned!

PICNIC TIME! Feel like connecting to other affordable housing advocates in person? Abundant Housing LA is having a picnic this Sunday! Find the event information here.

LATCH Collective has announced their April Workshop Series

  • April 8th – Team Build with Habitat for Humanity 
  • April 9th – Hands-On Electrical
  • April 15th – Reading Architectural Plans
  • April 22nd – Legally Living Tiny
  • April 23rd – Hands-on Tiny House Build
  • April 29th – Building on a Budget
  • April 30th – Build a Bench Seat

If you would like to share news items or tiny house related events with this network, email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

 

 

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.”