The Tiny Homes Foundation (THF) has received development approval for a pilot project in Gosford, NSW. The project, which is possibly the first of it’s kind in Australia, hopes to combat homelessness with a ‘homes first’ approach, using tiny houses as an affordable, replicable solution.
The pilot project of four 16sqm homes, next to Gosford Hospital, will also include a shared living area, laundry and veggie patch. Each home uses solar efficient design, includes a full kitchen and bathroom and has a finished cost of less than $30,000.
The success of the project has been made possible by involving partners from diverse sectors. THF co-founder and CEO David Wooldridge says that whilst tiny homes themselves are ingenious, this project goes even further:
What makes the THF initiative groundbreaking is the fact that it is Council approved, low cost, replicable and features Australia’s first ‘equity participation scheme for tenants’ whereby accommodation payments not applied to the cost and maintenance of the project will be available to THF tenants as needed for future housing related expenditure creating a pathway from homelessness to self support.
Tiny Homes Foundation are offering all of their plans, documentation and processes free of charge to encourage others to replicate the project elsewhere across Australia.