Tiny Home Communities
Resource Page

Jefferson County’s workforce housing crisis is going from bad to worse as the economic impact of COVID-19 hits. 

The focus of this Housing Action Team is to promote policies and awareness about the benefits of tiny homes as one workforce housing solution. Some of the work produced by this team has also influenced local policies for tiny shelter villages which differ from traditional tiny home communities, in that they are serving people transitioning out of homelessness. This resource page includes information on both traditional tiny home communities and tiny shelter villages.

Tiny Shelter Village Fact Sheet

This information sheet explains why tiny home and shelter villages for the homeless and income precarious are needed.

Viki’s Guide to Permitting Tiny Homes & Tiny Home Communities in Jefferson County, WA

Information sheet on where you can legally put a tiny home and/or a tiny home community in Jefferson County.

Types of Tiny Homes and Tiny Home Communities

This sheet includes definitions and typology of tiny homes and tiny home communities for Washington State.

Video about the Port Townsend Eco Village’s Tiny Home Community.

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Local 'Tiny Shelter Village' Projects

Tiny shelters are flexible to suit many needs for many people. These videos feature the emergency shelter tiny house villages, Peter’s Place,and Pat’s Place, launched by HSN volunteers in 2020, and subsequently led and managed by the Community Build Project and Bayside Housing.

Online Resources

City of Port Townsend – Read the City’s rules concerning tiny homes.

Jefferson County – Read the County’s brochure for tiny homes.

TinyHouseBuild.com Source for solid information on wide range of DIY build topics

TinyHouseExpedition.com – Treasure trove of videos on all things tiny including an in-depth parking guide

thetinyhouse.net/thlp/ Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast 

LATCHcollective.com LA’s tiny house resource collective

tinyhomeindustryassociation.org – Developing standards and promoting best practices for tiny homes

TinyHouseTalk.com News and stories

squareonevillages.org/intro-problem Overview history of the affordable housing crisis

TheTinyLife.com, ADUDesigns.comPlans and Designs –

TinyHouseListings.com Used tiny home listings

Local Opportunities

Tiny Home Communities Webinars

The webinars took place from October through December 2020.  Click on webinar title to view the recording.

The goal for this series is to answer many of the questions you might have about tiny home communities, such as: How do you build them?  Where can you locate them?  And would a tiny home community be a good fit for me?   The series features presentations by local, regional and national tiny home community development practitioners.   

Webinar #1:  Tiny Home Community Development Basics

This webinar introduces the basics of tiny home community development, featuring a presentation by Alexis Stephens on the many tiny home communities springing up around the country.  Alexis with her partner Christian has documented the tiny house movement for the past five years. Currently, she is a board member and on staff at the newly formed Tiny House Industry Association.

Webinar #2:  Tiny Home Community Development Strategies

This webinar features information and inspiration from a variety of presenters to guide you on your tiny home community journey, whether you are looking to build a small or large community. Teresa Baker, Co-Founder & President of the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Tiny Co-Built Homes (LATCH) Collective, tells the story of the LATCH resource collective.  Other presentations focus on financing and housing cooperatives.