Why Tiny Homes won’t work in Boulder, CO


By Max R. Weller

OVE Site Plans 13 Aug 2013_Page_1

Opportunity Village Eugene (OR) site plans (click on image to enlarge)

Why NOT in Boulder?

The rules in any of the Tiny Homes Communities in cities elsewhere are VERY STRICT compared to what you find here in Boulder, CO’s emergency shelters or transitional living programs run by local nonprofits. This makes Tiny Homes unsuitable for the worst-behaved transients, but they would be great for a select few homeless men and women, maybe many dozens, if only you could keep the apologists / enablers like Isabel McDevitt, Greg Harms, Betsey Martens, and the Boulder Rights Watch crowd AWAY FROM ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. Everything these yahoos touch becomes FUBAR, and most Boulderites don’t trust them any more than I do.

See for yourself how it’s designed to work in an ideal setting with this link to Opportunity Village Eugene (OR). Quoting from the website below:

Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) opened in August 2013 as a “transitional micro-housing” pilot project. The vision was to create a collaboration between the housed and unhoused that provides stable and safe places to be through cost-effective, human-scale approaches for transitioning the unhoused to more sustainable living situations. 

It accommodates around 30 otherwise homeless individuals and couples at a time in simple, micro-housing (60-80sf) that provides residents with security, stability, and privacy. By consolidating utilities to common cooking, gathering, restroom, and laundry facilities we were able to keep costs very low, providing an intermediate solution between the street and traditional housing. 

OVE is a self-governed, peer-supported community with oversight provided by SquareOne Villages. 

A Community Agreement lays out the basic rules of the village, while an ever evolving Village Manual outlines the policies and procedures for operating and maintaining the village.

 5 Basic Rules:

  • No violence 

  • No theft

  • No alcohol or illegal drugs on-site

  • No persistent, disruptive behavior

  • Everyone must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the Village. 

What you get:

  • A small, safe and private space to call your own

  • Access to common kitchen, bath, laundry, gathering, and workshop facilities

  • Computer and wi-fi access

  • Quarterly bus pass 

What you give:

  • $30/month utility fee

  • 8 hours/week of front desk duty

  • 2 hours/week towards community improvement

  • Clean community bathroom once a month

  • Attendance at the weekly village meeting 


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