Tiny Home Communities Resource Page

On this page you can find a mix of resources focused on tiny home communities and the tiny home community development process.  By its nature, the latter is a collective process and the resources here showcase the efforts of a multitude of caring people.  As one of us is fond of saying, “It takes a village.”

The Vision of the Tiny Home Communities Housing Action Team (aka THC-HAT or Tiny HAT) is to inspire and bring together multiple stakeholders to turn tiny home community ideas into action and substantive results.  If you are interested to learn more of what we do, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the form below. 

What are Tiny Homes and Tiny Home Communities?

When most people think of tiny homes, they picture a cute cottage-style house on wheels being towed on down the highway.  But as tiny homes have gained in popularity, there has been a need to define what they are more exactly in order to extend where they can go. 

As the HAT’s work has evolved, we have also begun to include more types of tiny living space communities in our thinking.  For example, we are currently involved in exploring converted Victorian housing cooperatives and tiny home RV parks. 

We developed the following resources to help sort through the technicalities and legalities of tiny home placements.  In addition, we recommend the Department of Labor and Industries’ information packet on tiny homes, also below. 

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.

Tiny House Information Packet

This information Packet from the
WA State Department of Labor and Industries identifies tiny house building and permitting requirements.

Local 'Tiny Shelter Village' Projects

These videos feature the Jefferson County’s tiny shelter villages, Peter’s Place and Pat’s Place. The Villages, built in 2019 and 2021, got their start in the Tiny Home Communities HAT when two of the Community Build Project founders joined forces. The HAT continues to support the Villages by advancing the adoption of more humane and economically sustainable zoning ordinances by the city and the county. To learn how you can be come involved, visit the Community Build Projects Facebook page. 

Online Resources

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 

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

TinyHouseTalk.com News and stories

TheTinyLife.com, ADUDesigns.comPlans and Designs –

TinyHouseListings.com Used tiny home listings

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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.