The Economics

A cost analysis of Dignity Village, (a Tiny Home community in Portland, OR.) shows the difference. Dignity Village is a self Governing community of some sixty (60) people at any given time, all of whom contribute weekly “sweat equity” to help run the village. Many of these individuals – such as couples without children, and people with pets – were unable to find housing or assistance within the traditional shelter models before coming to Dignity Village. (Source: Portland Housing Bureau)

PROGRAM TYPE ESTIMATED COST PER PERSON PER NIGHT TINY HOME COMMUNITY NAME ESTIMATED COST OF CONSTRUCTION PER HOUSE*
Tiny Home Community (Dignity Village) $4.28 Quixote Village (Olympia, WA) $87,500
Warming Center $12.59 Community First (Austin, TX) $30,000
Emergency Shelter $20.92 Second Wind Cottages (Newfield, NY) $12,000
Rent Assistance $24.60 OM Village (Madison, WI) $5,000
Supportive Housing $32.37 Community Supported Shelters (Eugene, OR) $1,000
Motel Voucher $54.00 Little Denver? ???
Transitional Housing $66.56 *source: YES! Magazine
Prison cost (in Colorado) $83.22* Source: Vera.org

Fact: The primary cause of homelessness in America today is the severe lack of truly affordable housing available for people living in poverty. The only way to effectively end homelessness is to provide homes for people who do not currently have homes.

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