A Creative Solution to End Homelessness

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

Tiny Homes To Tackle Homelessness, Midland Express (April 17, 2019)

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 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.

Funding Support

Thank you to our wonderful Castlemaine locals who recently donated to our project (April 2019).

We would also 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 the local community and council regarding using unused land for the tiny homes (including the site below).

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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.

Ben Harding of Fred’s Tiny Houses has kindly created this video for us about our project. Thank you Ben and Fred!

If you would like to help us with this project, can contribute land and/or funding, please contact Jan Stewart at or Michael McMahon at