I am currently volunteering with the Castlemaine Housing Service, and below describes one of the tiny house projects I am working on.
Amid concerns about housing affordability Castlemaine Housing Service is planning tiny homes for those at risk of homelessness.
While some of the biggest drivers of homelessness include drug and alcohol use or domestic violence, unaffordable housing is a factor.
Midland Express: Finishing the Homeless Problem
Castlemaine Housing Service is a program of Castlemaine District Community Health. We are governed by a social model of health and our principles aim to inform and strengthen well-being in the community.
To this end, we are in the pre- planning phase of creating a tiny homes village of 4-6 tiny homes, and we are basing our tiny homes on the replicator model of Tiny Homes Foundation. These homes will be a foundation from which to improve individual and community wellbeing.
Council and Community Support
We already have the support of the Mount Alexander Shire Mayor and Council, as well as many expressions of interest to volunteer from the local community.
We would like to extend a big thanks to Rod Fraser and Ellyn Martin, owners of Business Growth Strategies (a B Corporation certified company) for their generous donation to Castlemaine District Community Health/Castlemaine Housing Service of $10,000 towards our tiny homes for the homeless project.
We are now applying for grants to help fund the project, and also in conversation with local churches regarding using church land for the tiny homes.
If you would like to help us make this a reality, can contribute land and/or funding, please contact Michael McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Stewart at email@example.com (tiny.org.au/castlemaine/).
We look forward to collaborating with you to providing a home for all in Australia. 🏠