New Jersey Tiny Home News
Tiny houses in Rochester in big demand. Take a peek inside this one Dec. 12th, 2019
A tiny house sits on Frost Avenue on the edge of Rochester’s 19th Ward. With just 620 square feet of living space, it’s a small bungalow fit for one or two people.
But this one was built long before the more recent Tiny House trend began. It was built in 1905, as housing for the working class of that era. Now, the working-class homes of yesteryear have found a new audience with young people who want to live well for less.
The bungalow attracted the attention of Aaron Rubin, a millennial investor who lives in the 19th Ward. When he purchased the home two years ago, it had been boarded up and uninhabitable. Now, the bungalow has been transformed, with an open-concept living space that makes the most of the small space.
Threats Emerge for a New Jersey Tiny House Community July 7th, 2019
The issue at hand is a legal one. The township argues that the site was never intended for year-round living, and has told residents that they must shift to weekend-only residency or leave. Egg Harbor Township has engaged in legal battles with the site’s owner, Paul St. James, repeatedly over the years; this article details the history of conflicts between the two.
Further complicating matters? The residents of the community have argued that they moved there after being assured that they’d be able to reside there full-time — and that the marketing materials for the former campground made this claim as well. Several of the residents quoted in a recent NJ.com article about the park cite economic concerns as restricting their ability to easily relocate.
The residents of Egg Harbor River Resorts have formed an advocacy group, Save EHRR, to work with the town’s government to find a solution. At present, the town’s deadline of November 1st looms large for this small and closely-knit community.
Tiny houses in NJ: These homes could be big solution for expensive housing June 29th, 2019
Singleton has cosponsored a bill, S177, that would create a pilot program for tiny home communities, a place he envisions would get people struggling with homelessness off the streets for good.
“The examples we’ve seen around the country have been exceptional,” said Singleton. “We think it’s time for it to come to New Jersey.”
New Jersey Legislature Looks to Build Tiny Homes July 5th, 2018
New Jersey lawmakers are looking to solve the housing crisis by advancing a bill that could create tiny homes. On Monday, June 25, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee approved S-177, which will create a $5 million “Tiny Home Pilot Project.”
Overseen by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the project will award funds to one or two municipalities in each of the north, central, and southern parts of the state in order to construct houses no bigger than 300 square feet. This size of a tiny home is comparable to a large recreational vehicle.
The tiny homes will be available for rent to people who earn less than 30 percent of the area median. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) , the New Jersey’s state median income is $19,950/year.
Senator Brian Stack (D-Hudson), a sponsor of the bill, said, “This is something that I think is really an out-of-the box-idea. I think it is really taking the homeless issue on, being as creative as we possibly can be in this state.”
Article Source Monarch Housing Associates