Tiny Homes make Huge Difference for Poor People


Tiny homes are making a huge difference for low-income residents and people that used to be homeless in Detroit. Cass Community Social Services is building more than two dozen tiny homes to help revitalize it’s city.

Cass Community Social Services is in the process of building 25 different Tiny Homes (250-400sf) on the north end of its campus between the Lodge service drive and Woodrow Wilson. Each home will be on its own lot (roughly 30 x 100 feet) and every one will be on a foundation. Most will have a front porch or rear deck to increase the living space.

The residents will have a combination of experiences (formerly homeless people, senior citizens, college students and a few Cass staff members) but all will qualify as low-income. At first, the residents will rent the homes. Anyone who remains for seven years will be given the opportunity to own the home and property.

The houses are being built by both professional trades people (under the supervision of a general contractor) and volunteer teams who will manage the finishing jobs – tiling, dry walling, painting, gardening, building decks and erecting fences.

If you are interested in hearing more about the project or making a financial contribution, contact Rev. Fowler at ffowler@casscommunity.org. Speak to Sue Pethoud to volunteer at spethoud@casscommunity.org. If you would like to donate building materials (bricks, paint, counter tops, etc.) reach out to Stacy Conwell-Leigh at sleigh@casscommunity.org.

To see a more detailed video which includes how the home owners are given more than just a roof over their heads with this scheme go HERE.

  • Bruce David

    These are illegal in most parts of MI including Tuscola County [and they hide that fact from you-no public web site & the realtor didn’t know either] as we built a 400 sf cabin along with several other outbuildings along with all the utilities but were told we couldn’t live in it after the fact. Now we have to spend another $15-20K [which we don’t have handy] in order to obey local regs – but they sure like big tax bill we pay each year which is more than we paid in another state that we moved from which did have a ‘regular’ sized home on it!

  • Moderator

    That’s a terrible abuse of power, Bruce. I am sorry to hear you got screwed over. So much for the Land of the Free!

  • Sarah Spencer

    Sad to hear that. I thought I saw a news report similar to what you are talking about, just yesterday. It is almost better to go ahead and buy up all the homes that need to be rehabbed.