A Creative Solution to End Homelessness

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

Castlemaine Housing Service is a program of CHIRP. 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.

We are also currently in conversation with a couple of Foundations regarding building and organisational support, both of which are looking promising.

Land Support

We are in conversation with the local community, council, churches and hospital regarding using unused land for the tiny homes (including the area below near the Lions Club buildings next to the train station).

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Council and Community Support

We have the support of the Mount Alexander Shire Mayor and Council, as well as many expressions of interest to volunteer from the local community.

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