Welcome to our Home(less) page. It’s the Home(less) page because even though we live in a structure that we had the luxury to design and build and call our home, our lifestyle is more fun than the law allows; we are technically homeless. Personally, I feel more at home in less house.
I think a fair number of Bay Area Residents would seriously consider living in a tiny home if availability was more commonplace, legal, visible… or even known of. There is the benefit of investing earnings in a tangible asset; particularly for individuals who wish to own property, but can’t afford to buy in the area or don’t have long term goals or performance expectations in the real-estate market. Our lower wage workers would have actual property ownership options; not land per se, but housing. Those individuals who identify as Job-Creators would have a pool of people within their community with a willingness to earn minimum wage and actually create a livelihood with little capital. Candace and I built and own our combined incomes are less than 50k annually. Maybe minimum wages need to be raised and maybe maximum wages need to be imposed, but one thing is certain; a tiny house can be built on minimum wage in the Bay Area.
Our Homeless population is nothing to scoff at, and the tiny house village model could provide low-cost, and immediate relief to the portion of that population we consider chronic. Apartment Fires have displaced dozens of families in the past year alone, and a fleet of tiny homes could be a prudent inventory for any community with concern for emergency response.
Not that that would deter us from the financial necessity of living life outside the law. Let’s do some quick math. Two People earning $25/hr each and working full time would have a combined income of $8000 a month. Good income! Affordable housing is defined as being 30% or less of your income so this couple is going to have to share a 1 bedroom apartment here in Redwood city because that is what is available at $2400/month… And that same couple, still wouldn’t be able to enter the ownership market, and is forced to watch their rent money evaporate while those who invest their money towards properties are able to build financial security.
I am not currently employed, but in my last two positions I made significantly less than $25/hr. Candace works; not full time, but four days a week… she earns much less than $25/hr as well.