Will A "Tiny House" Development Help Tallahassee's Affordable Housing Crisis?

Posted at 5:42 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 07:42:33-04

Tallahassee, Fl. (WTXL)-- It's been almost a year since the Kearney Center opened it's doors to the homeless community in Tallahassee. Now, the owner Rick Kearney is jumping on the Tiny House trend to potentially help solve the city's affordable housing crisis. 

Nearly 2,700 people call the streets of Tallahassee their home. While Kearney can give those in need shelter for a night or two, he says it still doesn't solve the city's affordable housing crisis. 

"We know there's a problem with affordable housing in Tallahassee. Most of it is inferior in construction, has mice and roaches and isn't in the best part of town", Rick Kearney. 

Kearney is looking to shell out $7.8 Million to create 130 of these homes.

The homes would cost just $400 per month, That's one third of the average rental rate in the city.

Real estate agent Rebekah Rivers says the potential of a tiny town provides big promise for the community and the real estate market.

Meanwhile residents near the proposed location on the city's Southwest side of town have expressed concern about the clientele that the community will bring. 

However Kearney says it's not what people think. 

"It's for good people who have dropped below the margin and can't afford anything", Kearney.