Innovative Idea

Trauma-Informed Tiny Homes Community to Prevent Chronic Homelessness

Tracy Menuez


Bozeman, Montana

Chronic homelessness is often a result of complex barriers that hinder the homeless from maintaining permanent housing. This project will tackle homelessness and its barriers by providing tiny homes that will improve residents’ access to health services. Tiny homes may also reduce the costs of creating a supportive community compared with traditional multifamily apartment buildings. This model will apply principles of trauma-informed design to help residents who have experienced unsheltered homelessness feel comfortable and safe in their home. Additionally, residents will receive supportive community services to address the stressors of homelessness and mental illness. The result will be a village of tiny homes where residents feel safe, healthy, and engaged with their friends and neighbors.

Project Lead