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.”

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22 Mar 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

 

 

 What just happened at City Hall?

Tuesday afternoon was a big win for tiny house enthusiasts across Los Angeles and beyond. The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee met today to discuss the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance. The room was packed full of people both in support and against ADUs. Over a dozen people took the time to trek to beautiful City Hall and comment in support of adding language for movable tiny houses in the ADU ordinance. Most everyone had never before made a public comment in City Hall, but together we worked up the courage, stepped up to the mic, and were heard.

And guess what?

Council member Huizar (CD14) voiced support for our movable tiny house comments and suggested that the legal office create language for movable tiny houses! And there was NO objections or further comments from any other council member on PLUM!! This was a highly anticipated moment, and a wonderful success.

 

 

What does this mean for legally living tiny in LA?

The City’s legal office will work with the City’s Planning Department  to draft language for movable tiny houses over the next few weeks. Soon (but we don’t yet know exactly when) the final ADU ordinance with the tiny house language will go to the entire City Council for a vote.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

We are SO CLOSE to having a legal avenue for living tiny in Los Angeles. Even if you don’t live in the City of LA, or desire to live in the backyard, this will set precedent for an understanding of this housing option in the LA area and allow this opportunity to be utilized by other municipalities and possibly in a wider range of ways.

We NEED to do more outreach getting all council members on board. We’ve already caught word that while most council members are supportive of tiny houses as ADUs, there are some who are not. As far as we know, we need more than a majority of our council members to vote in support of this ordinance.

 

 

What can you do to help?

1. Email or call your Council member. 

Tell them you support Movable Tiny Houses in your neighborhood, and why. Click here for a handy sheet of contact information.

2. Email your council district’s planning and policy staff.

Tell them you support Movable Tiny Houses in your neighborhood, and why. Click here for a handy sheet of contact information.

3. Speak about Movable Tiny Houses to your neighborhood council.

Ask your neighborhood council to write a statement of impact showing support for tiny houses. If you want support with spreading the word about tiny houses to your neighborhood council, contact Tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

4. Tell your friends and family to support the ADU ordinance.

5. Come out to the next hearing to make a public comment.

We don’t yet know when this is scheduled, but email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com if you’re interested in making a public comment but need a bit more information on how to do so.

 

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.”

 

18 Mar 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

Your voice is needed – speak up in support of Tiny Houses on March 21st! 

The City of LA’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee will meet this  Tuesday March 21st to discuss the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance, and will be discussing the possibility of adding Movable Tiny Houses as accepted ADUs. You can see the agenda here – ADUs are item number 7 (council file here). 

COMMITTEE MEETING INFORMATION:
2:30 pm. ROOM 340, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, LA. 

Please consider coming out and making a public comment in support of the ADU ordinance and in support of adding Movable Tiny Houses. Each person will get one minute to talk, and because we’d like to make the most of our comments, we will be meeting before the meeting to make a strategy. This meeting will replace our previously scheduled Tiny Advocacy Network meeting.

PRE-HEARING TINY ADVOCACY NETWORK MEETING

 

 12:30 pm Tuesday March 31st
@ Civic Park across from City Hall.  Specifically, at the pink tables and chairs between the restrooms and the play structure. 

PUBLIC COMMENT TIPS
1. Make sure you see the city clerk when you enter the hearing, and submit a public comment card. 
2. If you have any documents you’d like to submit to the PLUM committee to review, have about 10 copies prepared and submit them with your public comment card.
3. Start out by thanking City Council and expressing your support for the proposed ADU ordinance amendments. Follow by urging City Council to also include movable tiny Houses as ADUs. 
4. Decide on a specific benefit of Tiny Houses for the City that you’d like to promote … sustainability, increasing housing supply, easy infill, easy on the City’s budget, supporting homeowners, reducing homelessness, student, introduction to the housing market, etc…
5. Keep it interesting – don’t repeat the same points as others have already made.

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.”

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.”

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.”

 

17 Jan 2017

 

Happy New Year, Los Angeles area tiny house enthusiasts and housing advocates! 

Is increasing affordable-by-design housing options in your area on your new year’s resolution list? With many positive developments in this area, this could be a realistic goal – but we need your collective energy to achieve this. Here are some updates and ways you help can make Tiny Living in LA happen this year!

NEW ADU ORDINANCE FOR LA

 

The City of Los Angeles is proposing a new Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance that will comply with the State’s new legislation for ADUs. This is positive, as the State requires municipalities to remove certain barriers to ADU development, allowing this to become a more accessible option.
  We would like to see Tiny Homes be considered and addressed within this ordinance! 
Now you might be thinking to yourself – this is a long shot. The City of LA would never go for an idea like this. Well, allow me to treat you to a healthy dose of optimism. Fresno, California was able to include Tiny Houses on Wheels within their ADU ordinance last year with the right people in power to support this. We recently met the City of LA Planner who is leading charge of the ADU ordinance and discovered he is a huge fan of tiny houses and would like to see them addressed within this ordinance, but lacks support from his colleagues! There are also other City planners who believe in tiny houses as a legitimate housing options, but we need to build support among city council.

We will be contacting key people within the Mayor’s office as well as determining which Planning Commission members and City Council members are most open to addressing tiny homes within the ADUs. We will also be contacting neighborhood councils and asking them to submit Community Impact Statements – as this is extremely helpful and an effective way to get our desires communicated to City Council and Planning Commissioners.

 

 Do you have connections to anyone on a neighborhood council? If so, please reply to this email ASAP! 
We need YOU to help us reach local neighborhood councils across the City as NOW is the time to take action!

Keep your eyes peeled for future ways you can help, including…

  • Showing up at local neighborhood council meetings if they agendize this issue so that you can make a public comment in favor of supporting tiny houses in your neighborhood. We will get the word out to you regarding any neighborhood councils that agendize this issue so keep reading these newsletters.
  • Attending Planning and Land Use Management meeting (PLUM) / City Council Meeting and making a public comment.There is no date announced yet, but keep reading this newsletters. It will be very helpful if you are able to make a public comment in support of tiny homes as ADUs.
  • Subscribing to the Council File for this ordinance by clicking the email button on this page. This way, you get notifications anytime something new posts. 

HELP BUILD TINY HOUSE DATA

Having research to cite and legitimate data on tiny houses will substantially help tiny house advocates making a convincing case. Do your part – help Nikolas Summers in his efforts to publish academic research on tiny houses. All you need to do is fill out this quick survey.

CONNECT IN PERSON

If you want to be a real part of making change as a tiny house advocate, meet up with other change makers and tiny house enthusiasts in person Sunday, January 22nd as the Tiny Advocacy Network connects at Coffee Connection (now at Gloria’s Café 10227 Venice Blvd) 2 pm – 4 pm. Click here for event details. 

NO TO MEASURE S

In short, this proposed initiative puts a moratorium on housing development. Many organizations who are actively trying to improve housing initiatives, especially for homeless populations, suggest that measure S is very detrimental and ask that we vote NO to measure S. You can read more from this local paper that covers both sides of the story.

Abundant housing LA is a great source of knowledge and are advocating against measure S. You can attend their next meeting on Thursday January 19th @ Mercado la Paloma for more information on measure S.

UPCOMING TINY HOUSE EVENTS

  • Thursday, January 19th , 8 pm – Online video chat on legal structure & paperwork for forming an intentional community. For information, click here.
  • Sunday, January 22nd – Tiny Advocacy Network meetup 2 pm @ Gloria’s Cafe
  • Friday February 3rd 7pm – Tiny House pre-build Party @ the CAFAM Friday, February 3rd 7 pm .  Tickets available here, but first
     check out LATCH Collective’s giveaway for 2 tickets to the event!!
  • February 3rd, 4th and 5th – Relax Shacks hands on tiny house building workshop. Check out details here.

Stay tuned for…

  • Workshop series for learning essential DIY Tiny house building skills

  • How you can be a part of bringing the new Tiny House appendix in the IRC to Los Angeles

Cheers!!

*If you have an event or a news item that you would like included in this newsletter, please Contact tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com with your information.

 

 

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.”

19 Dec 2016

Hello Tiny House enthusiasts and Happy Holidays!
I’d like to share some positive updates from recent happenings affecting the tiny house movement here in the Los Angeles County area!

 ABOVE: The faces of those tiny house advocates present at the ICC hearing. 

Many of you celebrating upon hearing news from earlier this month – International Codes Council members across the country voted in favor of adopting a Tiny House Appendix to the International Residential Code!!! Read more about the monumental change here. Thank you to everyone who took part in the efforts to contact our local planning & building departments. This was an unlikely win and is a huge step forward for the tiny house community, as we now can point our municipalities to a widely accepted code that they can adopt.

While this is excellent news, it will take some time and effort for us here in Southern California to benefit from this win. No municipality in California can adopt the 2018 version of the IRC or this appendix until it is approved by the State of California. We need to form a strong, organized effort in approaching the City of LA, who could potentially sway the state to approve this appendix. Please be a part of the conversation by introducing yourself and ideas on this Google Document, and collaborating through our Slack chat – password pineapple using the #ICC.

This past Thursday, December 15th, the City of Los Angeles held a public hearing on their proposal for a new ordinance on Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs).  Amy Turnball, the Vice President of the American Tiny House Association (ATHA), was able to speak on behalf of the tiny home community – you can read about her experience here. Overall, there is a lot of public support in Los Angeles for increasing opportunities for this affordable housing option, which is what the new ordinance will do in conforming with the new State requirements for ADUs. Los Angeles will no longer be as restrictive on parking or set back requirements, meaning more lots will be eligible for legal ADUs.
              A great organization – Abundant Housing LA, has created this easy to use letter template you can use to send your opinions on this new ordinance to our City Council members. Please take action and speak up in support of ADUs in your neighborhood. To make it a “pro-tiny houses as ADUs” letter, you can include the following points:

  • The City should not impose any minimum square footage requirements for ADUs, which would restrict creative tiny housing solutions.

  • The City should fully consider what the implications of sliding scales for maximum housing ratios on maintaining smaller dwellings as affordable housing units. 
  • The City should not miss out on the opportunity to expand interest in ADUs, and should consider allowing Tiny Houses on Wheels as ADUs, as allowed in communities like Fresno and Ojai, California.

 

 

On Friday, December 16th, the City of Los Angeles held a brainstorming session on alternative bridge housing for residents experiencing homelessness.  The intention of this session was to acknowledge the crisis of homelessness in the city and to offer a possible solution in intentional communities featuring micro housing options. Many great housing organizations were present, including USC architecture studentsHope of the ValleyThrive LA, LATCH Collective, and Elvis Summers from Starting Human. This openness from the city to discuss tiny homes as alternative housing solutions for the city is very exciting, and there is great potential for tiny house friendly changes to come from this dialogue.

For those interested in living in a tiny house intentional community, check out this new Facebook group, which plans to meet in early January to discover their similar goals and start paving a path forward. 

We have an opportunity to support a graduate student who is doing research on tiny homes. Nik Summers, grad student in Sociology at Indiana University, is surveying tiny house inhabitants as well as tiny house enthusiasts. With his results, he will publish academic research which will help provide data to municipalities that are considering legalizing tiny homes, and may help convince more mortgage and real estate appraisers to support tiny homes as a legitimate housing option. Please take this survey and support this valuable potential data on tiny homes! If you have any questions or concerns, email Nik at nesummer@umail.iu.edu.

Do you have any updates or events that you’d like to see included in this newsletter? I’m here to support you! Email your ideas or inquiries to latinyhousescommunity@gmail.com.

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Teresa Baker

Tiny Advocacy Network of LA

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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.”

 

 

3 Dec 2016

Dear tiny house enthusiasts and alternative housing advocates – I hope you’re enjoying their first weekend of December! 


hank you to everyone who reached out to their planning and building departments regarding the potential tiny house appendix. We will know the results of the vote on December 6th – the voting members decide if there will be a tiny house appendix in the International Building Code of 2018. Fingers crossed! 

 

Are you hoping to build your own tiny home, but lack the space and resources to do so? LATCH Collective is now accepting applications for a sponsored spot at their workshop space, coming soon! The chosen applicant receives access to a secure site to build their tiny house at the LATCH Collective warehouse, access to a wide range of on-site tools, support from our community and training from professionals contracted to hold educational workshops at LATCH. Applications are due December 11th.  Apply here.

LATCH Collective is having a members meeting on Wednesday December 7th at 7 pm. Anyone is welcome to sit in on the meeting and ask questions afterwards. Visit latchcollective.com/events for meeting location and details. 

 

Would you like to strengthen some of your building skills while giving back to the community?  Join tiny house enthusiasts in building for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday December 10th. This will be a really fun event and give you a chance to connect to other tiny house lovers! Space is limited – reserve your space and get more information here.

              

 

Clear your calendars the morning of December 15th, if you can! There is an important hearing at Los Angeles City Hall regarding a newly proposed accesory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance. Even though LA just recently updated their ordinance, they are now required to draft a new ordinance to fit the new State requirements for ADUs. There are many positive aspects of their proposed ordinance, which not only makes it easier to build tiny homes on foundations, but increases potential for allowing tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) in backyards in the future. Please please please consider coming to this hearing, voicing your support, and showing LA City Council that there are tiny house enthusiasts in LA who want to take this ordinance one step further, as have cities like Ojai and Fresno! (For more information, visit planning.lacity.org and click “Ordinances,” then “Proposed Ordinances” to find “Accesory Dwelling Unit Ordinance” information.)

Andrew & Gabriella Morrison from Tiny House Build have been the driving forces behind the push for inclusion of a tiny house appendix in the International Building Code – and you will soon have a chance to thank them! Tiny House Build is coming to Los Angeles January 13th  – 15th for their Tiny House Build workshop. If you join the LA Tiny Houses Community Meetup Group for a code that gives you 50% of tuition.  Get your early bird tickets here  – early bird ends December 17th ! 

Congratulations on an improved transit system for Los Angeles County! On November 8th, LA Voted to pass Measure M! This is a huge leap forward for a sustainable future in LA, allowing affordable, reliable transit options for more people in the county. Good work, LA! 

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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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Teresa Baker

Tiny Advocacy Network of LA

14 Nov 2016

Tiny house enthusiasts – do you desire increased options for legally living in tiny homes?

If so, we need you to act this week! 

From November 8th – November 21st,  regional members of the International Code Council (ICC) will be voting to either approve or dismiss the proposed tiny house appendix for the International Residency Code. Many voting members will not be fully aware of tiny homes and of the benefit of having recognized standards to build to. We need you to reach out to your city’s Building & Safety department and tell them about this vote! 

 

 

We all need to act now.

If this does not get approved, we will have to wait until the next approval cycle and will not have an opportunity to have tiny house building codes available at this national level until 2020. 

Your efforts truly are necessary… 

A committee in the LA area has recommended its voting members to DISAPPROVE the tiny house appendix. This is not good, as voting members will likely follow this recommendation if they have nothing else to go off of. We need to help voting members become more aware of the full picture and give them reasons to why they should approve the tiny house appendix.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO…

1.  Click on this link for a list of Building & Safety inspectors/officers to contact in your City. 

The list is not fully complete, but you can also search your municipality’s website for this information. 

2.  Write an email to your City’s building code inspector/officer, and C.C. your mayor and city council member. 

You can download this draft email written by Andrew Morrison, who is leading the charge in advocating for this tiny house appendix. Please also add your thoughts on why this code will be helpful to you!

3.  Call your city’s Building & Safety department. If no contact is available on the list provided in #1…

– Call your city’s building and safety department / building division.
– Ask to be redirected to the building code enforcer or head building inspector.
– Have a conversation about your interest in tiny homes and how having tiny homes and how this code is crucial for building these efficient structures safely.
– Even if they are not voting members of the ICC, urge them to spread the word about how useful the Tiny House Appendix would be…  Refer to resources below for talking points!

4.  Call your local elected official!

– Introduce yourself and your interest in tiny homes.
– Introduce the topic of the International Code Council voting on a tiny house appendix for the International Residency Code, which will help municipalities have a framework for building small & tiny homes to code.
– Urge him/her to reach out to their building inspector and/or building code enforcer to discuss the tiny house appendix. 

 

 

Thank you so much for your support.
 Please share this call-to-action and let us know on social media how your efforts go!

6 Nov 2016

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!

Many of you may have heard the exciting news out of Kansas City last weekend. The International Code Council (ICC) met to vote on the addition of a Tiny House Appendix to the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), and a power team of tiny house advocates presented to the council. The vote was a success in favor of considering the Tiny House Appendix! Now, regional ICC members across the US will vote on the inclusion of this Appendix. This is where you come in! We need everyone to let their regional ICC member know that this appendix is beneficial and desired! This is a huge opportunity for increasing the options of legally living tiny. You can read this guide on how to contact your voting member. It is easy, as a draft email is ready for you – but you could also give a personal touch by giving them a call. We only have a few weeks before the voting takes place, so please take 5 minutes and do this right away! For the City of LA voting member contact victor.cuevas@lacity.org. For the Long Beach voting member, contact truong.huynh@longbeach.gov.

If you are a tiny house enthusiast and are interested in learning skills necessary to build your own tiny house, or are interested in starting your own build in the near future, you really should attend the LATCH Collective Q & A this Wednesday, November 13th! Learn what LATCH Collective (Los Angeles Tiny Co-build Haven) is up to and how they could help you achieve your DIY dreams. The Q & A is at 6:30 pm, with members will be meeting at 7 pm (anyone welcome to listen in on this meeting.).  

Our next Tiny Advocacy Network meeting is happening on Sunday, November 13th over lunch, at Pho legend noodle & grill – 209 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles.  Join in for a conversation on what’s new in the LA area (and beyond) for tiny house living. We will continue to develop tangible actions we can take to improve access to alternative housing solutions!

Our meeting will take place following a tour of the LA Eco Village that morning, led by Lois Arkin. If you’d like to attend, please email Lois Arkincrsp@igc.org and reserve your spot. There is a limited number of spots available on the tour, so only by emailing her will you be able to confirm your space on the tour. If you’re a LATCH member or attended the Panel Discussion on Intentional Communities, please let Lois know in the email, and your tour will be complementary. Regular tour cost is $10. For a description of the tour, visit here.

November 8th is around the corner! You likely do not need a reminder to vote this Tuesday, but perhaps you’re still deciding your stance on the many ballot measures. Many of our Tiny House Advocates support Measure M for LA County, which will be a game changer for improving transit efficiency by generating infrastructure funding for buses, bicycles, personal vehicles, and trains. For more information on Measure M, visit here.

One more thing! Are you on our Slack page yet? Join in to keep up with organized posts on tiny house related conversations! Password is Pineapple. 

Remember to update your information on our TAN spreadsheet.