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A February 2020 gathering of dozens of affordable housing leaders and proponents came together on Hawaii Island to discuss options for affordable farm worker housing. Multiple break-out groups began identifying implementation barriers and proposing solution strategies – including tiny house designs.
Great to see the torch get picked back up and we wish them the best.
Review of 2016-2018 Campaigns
During the 2016-2018 Tiny House Initiative we saw GREAT turn outs at multiple Tiny House Community Conversation gatherings of 12 to over 100 people. These events included tours of tiny houses, group meetings with breakout sessions, and special speakers.
THIS IS GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
Over 500 people from all island districts attended Hawaii Tiny House initiative events to learn about Tiny House legislation and building options to help solve the island’s housing crisis. These high-energy, standing-room-only meetings signaled just how needed the Tiny House solution is, and show a diversity of needs and applications for smaller foot print housing options. While the first strategic Tiny House Bill did make it through the State House and Senate – and had unanimous County Council support – the Governor vetoed it in July, 2017. In the 2018 legislative period, a revised bill, with different wording, was tabled. We continued to research and analyze affordable housing opportunities, and to gather public feedback. Your comments are welcome below.
In February 2020, a large gathering of housing advocates gathered in Hilo to begin analyzing barriers to affordable housing, and to idenitify potential solutions.Tiny houses were included as one of the potential solutions, with particular interest in small farm worker homes as low cost, flexible solutions.
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We are gathering testimony to support safe and efficient, energy saving Tiny Houses as smart affordable housing solutions and will be presenting citizen comments to our elected representatives to help get new legislation passed.
It all started with Food. One of the main roadblocks to increasing the local food supply is the lack of farmers farming. Ask any young farmer what they need to farm and they will point to:
Land . Water . Housing .
One Island has Championed a Conversation to Change Land Use, Zoning and Building Requirements
Here in Hawaii, a State-level bill will have the power to change County zoning and building code requirements and easily result in doubling food production. How? By giving farmers and farm workers an affordable way to live on the land they farm. More workers, more food AND a safer, better quality of life for farm owners and workers.
When farmers’ housing and transportation costs are lowered, they won’t need the ‘other’ day job to pay rent on a house in town and this means
Promoting the Tiny Homes for Farms Solution at the Hawaii Farmers Union United State Convention
View or add to public comments below – your voice is welcome!