A social service group in Bloomington is looking at a way to get homeless people off the street permanently.
The city has about 220 people each night who turn up in emergency shelters or sleep on the streets. Lori Kimbrough, homeless services supervisor for the group Providing Access to Help, says her plan is to build tiny houses. How tiny?
"What we would be looking to do is probably about a 200- to 250-square foot house that would have its own living space and a bedroom space and then a kitchen space and a bathroom space," she said.
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Rent would be $150 to $250 a month, whereas market rent in the area starts at around $600. Kimbrough says most of Bloomington's homeless don't work regularly, but they do have income, whether it's a monthly disability payment, Social Security or a military pension, or income from odd jobs.
Fundraising is under way to build a half-dozen tiny homes in a tiny home village, though more will be needed. Kimbrough says the tiny houses would have to be located near social services, on a bus route and probably on the edge of a commercial area. A location has not been obtained; Kimbrough says when there is a specific proposal, there might be community opposition.
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