Hamilton will debate putting tiny homes in lower city laneways

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Tiny homes are gaining momentum across North America as a way to get homeless people into affordable housing. Now Hamilton decision makers will look at how to use some of the city’s laneways to build tiny homes here.

Matthew Green, Ward 3 councillor, wants the city to identify lots for standalone homes no bigger than 425 square feet — about the size of three parking spaces.

These houses have provided dignified living for people elsewhere, Green’s motion says. He envisions homes with bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, and even a porch and deck.

Green wants staff to identify some “detached, secured, serviced lots that could provide for future land tenure and individual ownership,” his motion says. It’ll be discussed on Oct. 3.

In Hamilton, two local organizations are already making this happen.

Good Shepherd and the Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC) is working on an as-yet-unnamed project to build duplexes of tiny units for women in danger of homelessness. At their smallest, the units will be a little over 400 square feet.

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