St. Cloud Group Wants to Use Tiny Houses for Homeless Men
ST. CLOUD - An organization formed to fight homelessness in St. Cloud wants to use tiny houses, but first they'll need to change the city's codes. The "St. Cloud Coalition for Homeless Men" has acquired a small house on wheels, built by the "Central Minnesota Jobs in Training" program in Willmar.
However, spokeswoman Tina Lambert says because the home is on wheels, the city says no one can live in it.
So essentially we have an RV. Right now in the city of St. Cloud you can't technically have an RV in your own driveway and stay in it overnight for an extended period of time. So what we need to do is apply for a zoning ordinance for the location that it will be.
It's a 8-foot wide by 16-foot long home on wheels. Lambert says they're hoping to work out the issues with the city by the end of this summer.
It's got a marine toilet, it's got a shower, it's got water tanks. He's got a two burner stove, a sink, a place to sleep, a door that locks. It's a very nice home.
They've already chosen a St. Cloud homeless man to live in the home. Lambert wouldn't reveal the specific location where they want the home to be, until they've had a chance to talk to the neighbors.
She says it's possible in the future they could have more of these tiny homes for other homeless men in the St. Cloud area.
If you're going to the Granite City Days parade on Saturday you'll have a chance to see the tiny home for yourself, Lambert says it will be in the parade to help promote the organization.