Tiny houses. Micro-homes. Re-purposed shipping containers. We've heard the buzz about them not only as environmentally friendly housing options, but as low-cost options to help house the homeless in our country.
In Madison, WI, tiny houses to shelter the people struggling with homelessness cost about $4,000 apiece.
In Duluth, plans were afoot a year ago to convert shipping containers - which are plentiful and comparatively inexpensive in the Twin Ports - to housing, and at about half the cost per unit of traditional low-income housing.
That project didn't materialize, but Rick Klun, executive director of Center City Housing, says a new prototype will begin construction very soon ... and he's pretty excited about it.