Tiny houses, big vision
Hidden behind a grocery store or elementary school, under the shade of a tree or makeshift tents, inside abandoned houses, near creeks or orchards lives the homeless community of Clearlake.
Neither the city nor county operate a shelter for them. Local churches step in to help, as do other organizations and individuals. Derek Joel and a team of dedicated volunteers are part of this effort, hoping to create a safe space conducive to transitioning the homeless out of the cycle of poverty.
“I want to prevent people from going down that road. Give people space to get grounded,” Clearlake resident Joel said.
With that in mind, Joel came across Tent City Urbanism and the tiny house movement, a model based on building accessible, sustainable and inexpensive homes as small as 60-square-feet in size, that’s gained moment in recent years.