Occasionally, CPSH poses a question to the readers of Creating Home News, the CPSH enewsletter.  Below are the answers readers have sent in.  You are welcome to add your response at the link shown at the end of each question.

Tiny Houses

Tiny House - Would your child thrive in a tiny house? This is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.

Response 1

What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
A possible option, yes. Better financial investment than I mobile home, maybe. This should be pursued to get answers on these questions.
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
Yes
Please describe the difference
In a group home, he can have adults with him to supervise. Not so with a tiny house. He can have housemates to help with costs in a larger home.
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
We think this needs to be evaluated as another option for our community.
Your zip code and county
75189

Response 2
What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
I believe if it is in a safe area it would be fine. My child is independent and would be able to live in almost any structure including an apartment, home, condo as long as it was a safe community. She trusts everyone and does not understand that people would take advantage of her kindness if they perceived she was vulnerable. Physically she is independent and can cook,clean and do laundry by herself.
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
No
Please describe the difference
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
I sure wish there were more options for safe housing . As a result my adult daughter continues to live at home because there is not an affordable option for her to move into that can assure safety.
Your zip code and county
75093

Response 3
What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
I don't think it's a good idea. I think it isolated them.
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
Yes
Please describe the difference
First, my son is 6'5" so he will feel claustrophobic in a tiny house. Also, he already tends to isolate himself due to his lack of social skills and inability to drive.
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
Your zip code and county
75070

Response 4
What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
I have thought that this could be a very viable option, with a community of tiny houses for social interaction opportunities, and access to public transport. I wish more municipalities would jump on the tiny house bandwagon and create communities of tiny houses for affordable options.
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
Maybe
Please describe the difference
The differences would be making sure that there are opportunities for social interactions as well as proximity to public transport. My adult child likes the idea of a tiny house; he does not need a lot of space, but he does not have a lot of money to spend on housing. He does need to be near public transport and he would benefit from a community with options for social interaction.
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
Your zip code and county
75007 Denton county

Response 5
What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
Great idea probably 300-400sqft would be great!
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
Yes
Please describe the difference
It will take more time to adjust to multiple use furniture!
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
I would love to see a tiny house community where they can live, entertain, and work!
Your zip code and county
76017, USA

Response 6

What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
Possibly a good option for those who can live semi-independently.
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
Yes
Please describe the difference
For those who need assistance close by, but may be too vulnerable to live in a large apartment complex, a mobile tiny house that can be placed near a trustworthy aid or family member might foster that needed feeling of independence.
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
Your zip code and county
75028

Response 7

What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
I think it's an excellent option. A village or neighborhood of tiny houses would be affordable, give the owner or leasee a sense of pride in their own home, allow them privacy, flexibility in decorating, as well as choice of activities. Additionally it would provide a sense of community. Support services would be easier and more cost effetive to provide.  
For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
Yes
Please describe the difference
More compact living would take planning for what could be included in the space, and what they would genuinely need and use.
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
Your zip code and county
75248

Response 8

What is your overall impression of tiny houses as a viable housing option for people with IDD/autism?
great, less to care for

For your adult child, is there any difference in planning a move to a tiny house than to a typical home? Consider services, adapting to change, and other issues.
No
Please describe the difference
Any other comments, experiences with tiny houses, or your interest in pursuing this with CPSH.
more one on one/easier to maintain and keep track of individuals
Your zip code and county
75032

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