Program Outline

Our ARTO Program integrates existing social programs but within a plan that moves the participants in planned stages away from each program. Using the current social programs and integration into the Tiny Town community, we expect participants that want to change, will be successful. We also see the opportunity for participants that fear to move away from social support, will do so without realizing that they are.

  • Utilizing the existing provincial affordable housing programs, we will build tiny homes to meet a municipalities’ social program requirements (minimum 68 per agreement)
  • We will locate these Program homes within the Tiny Town that services each host city.
  • We will rent the tiny homes to the Program participants at a subsidized rate under existing provincial rental assistance programs.
  • We will manage and maintain the Program homes without additional cost to the municipality or any program.
  • We will provide counseling services to the Program participants utilizing existing provincial/municipal programs to assist participants in the transition process.
  • The municipality will need to supply basic public transit between the Tiny Town and the host city.
  • All Tiny Town citizens must volunteer 10 hours per month as a condition of their residency. Program participants will need to volunteer an addition 22 hours per month on the Program and this will be banked towards owning their home.
  • After 3,840 volunteer Program hours, the participant will own their tiny home, free and clear. (10 years at 32 hrs. per month)

The ARTO Program will allow participants to transition into owning their own homes through rent to own and volunteer hours. Many opportunities will exist in each Tiny Town for citizens to be employed, both full and part-time, so some Program participants will have an opportunity to earn an income within the town as well. The program participant can decide to provide more or fewer hours. The length of time to ownership is a function of volunteer participation hours.

The ultimate goal is to help all participants become independent.

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Latest Post

18 February 2021

I have been reluctant to post updates because many projects are still in the works, but I wanted to keep everyone aware that progress is being made, on a number of fronts:

  • Our partnership with Collège Boréal in Sudbury, Ontario is making progress. Robin Craig at the college has assembled a great team including the City of Sudbury Planning, Housing, and Council. This is a design, build, install, and study project on tiny home living in northern Ontario. The college has gotten behind the project in a big way, with the support of many departments. They have completed and submitted a grant application for an NSERC Social Innovation Fund project, A Comprehensive Study: Building a Modular Tiny Home Standard for an Affordable & Supportive Rapid Housing Solution.
  • We have been working with a growing group in Huron County Ontario to establish a tiny home Pocket Community. This showcase affordable housing development will begin with 16 off-grid tiny homes (to be confirmed, they may be grid-connected) in a small community. At present we are planning that each home will be on a 1/4 acre site. We have been working with Huron County Planning, Housing, Social Services, and Economic Development, along with CMHC.
  • Kaitlyn Adam has joined our Advisory Board and is working to submit an FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Green Municipal Fund - Planning: Early support grant for sustainable affordable housing projects for our off-grid tiny home communities.
  • Aldo Ruberto, a councilor in Thunder Bay, Ontario has been spearheading a project to develop a supportive tiny home community within the city. He has connected with the City of Thunder Bay Housing, Planning as well as a number of commercial businesses to launch the project.
  • I was speaking with Steve Janssens at St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario about the possibility of putting together a small tiny home community project on college property, as another design, build, install, and study project. The homes would be used for graduate student housing, and be connected to full diagnostics providing operating data as well as an opportunity to look at the social effects of tiny home community living.
  • Akshthal Kalia who joined the Association late last year has taken on the project of planning our upcoming social media program. As we work to establish more tiny home communities, we will want to keep everyone informed, so when a development is moving forward, those interested in a site will know how to apply. These demonstration communities will begin small and may have under 2-dozen sites available during the launch phase. We are planning to keep the public updated on our progress through our social feeds first. We will be launching a series of surveys on the Association's website that will help us in planning the order that these communities are built. 
  • Our partnership with SIPSTECH in Calgary, Alberta is developing at an accelerated rate. They are interested in supplying tiny homes that will be available to rent in our communities. This is an exciting step in our providing affordable rental housing and we are looking into the possibility of offering a limited number of rent2own homes as well. There may be an opportunity for private, corporate, or institutional investment in this program, so if you are interested in discussing it in the early stages, reach out to me.

If you aren't a member of the Association, you may want to consider joining. Your membership helps support the work we are doing and keeps you informed first. We always post first in the Blog before on our social feeds. 

If you want to get your hands dirty, by volunteering in some capacity, drop us an email and let us know how you would like to help. We appreciate all the help we get, and are looking to develop new projects and partnerships, so nothing is off the table.

More exciting news to come, but that's all for now. #JOY