Tiny-home village discussed as housing solution in Culpeper | State and regional news
The median price of a home of $ 368,000 equates to an income of $ 81,700 needed to reach that 30% threshold, but for people working locally, their household income is more like $ 64,900, according to the study. Local income differentials to cover reasonable housing costs range from $ 11,000 to $ 22,000.
“Households are very burdened with housing costs,” Hopewell said.
He noted that the demand for affordable housing in Culpeper will continue to increase with a need of over 500 units over the next five years for those with incomes below the median income. A small hometown village in Culpeper could help, according to town staff.
A motel room deals with immediate homelessness with a typical stay of four to five months, while smaller houses can do the same but with a stay of a year or more, Hopewell said.
A small house is slightly larger, approximately 160-340 square feet, than a motel room and includes a kitchen and a bathroom.
Tiny original villages were built in Eugene, Oregon and Detroit, Hopewell used as examples in his recent presentation. “They offer a greater sense of autonomy than a motel room,” he said, noting that it can be transitional housing for the homeless with stays of up to at two years.
In Seattle, they built 10 small family villages on government, private, non-profit, and church-owned land. The 120 square foot homes have electricity but no plumbing.