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CASTLEMAINE: TINY HOMES SWEET HOME

Finishing the Homeless Problem

Jan is currently volunteering with the Castlemaine Housing Service, and below describes one of the tiny house projects she is working on.

With one Castlemaine agency advocating tiny homes as a means to help solve homelessness, local government leaders (and Tiny Non-profit) on Friday lunched with an international social housing expert to hear about how Finland has all but eradicated rough sleeping.

Finnish based Juha Kaakinen is chief executive of the Y-Foundation, which provides 16,300 permanent low-cost flats to homeless people in Finland - a move that has seen it become the only country in Europe where the number of homeless people has declined in recent years.

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.

Funding Support

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.

Land Support

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 mmcmahon@cdch.com.au or Jan Stewart at jan@janstewart.com.au.

We look forward to collaborating with you to work towards providing a home for all in Australia. 🏠