Tiny Houses Alone Can’t Solve the Housing Crisis. But Here’s What Can

By Chris Winters, YES! magazine

For Julia Rosenblatt, the solution to affordable housing was to move in with friends and family—more than 10 people under one roof. Rosenblatt, a co-founder of the HartBeat Ensemble theater group in Hartford, Connecticut, had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in local activist communities. The year was 2003, the United States had launched a war in Iraq, and the post-9/11 environment was making her think differently about what kind of life she was going to have for herself and her family. An initial group of about 20 people liked the idea of creating an intentional community: living together with a shared set of goals and values to have a life that would be more meaningful, less harmful to other communities and the environment—and more affordable.   In 2008, six people moved into one house. The big move came in 2014, when those six were joined by five more...

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