Rising costs, no supply and municipal commitments to health and sustainability necessitate creative housing options. These options must be affordable, equitable, ecologically sustainable and conducive to long-term health. Tiny homes may be one opportunity to address these diverse needs.

Tiny houses are not new but are gaining in popularity as an alternative housing model for diverse communities: seniors, students, lone parents, small families, couples, singles, First Nations. 

How can we incorporate tiny into our urban planning? By using single units to gently densify established neighbourhoods, or place temporary houses on infill, irregular, underdeveloped or vacant lots. Tiny homes can also be used as entry-level laneway in the Vancouver residential context, or community developments in both urban and rural areas.

Are tiny homes the solution to our global housing crisis? No. But they do play a part in creating stock that is affordable and sustainable and can be placed close to existing services and amenities, or completely off-grid.