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.”

 

Teresa Baker