Villanova University Professor Works to Bring ‘Tiny Homes’ to Philadelphia Homeless

Marcus Stoltzfus, co-owner of Liberation Tiny Homes in Leola, Pa., shows off one of the homes. Image via Alejandro A. Alvarez, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stephanie Sena, a professor at Widger School of Law at Villanova University, is the guiding force behind an effort to bring tiny homes to Philadelphia’s homeless population, writes Alfred Lubrano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The tiny residences are being created by a group of 12 Lancaster County craftsmen – either Amish or with an Amish heritage – at Lancaster County-based Liberation Tiny Homes.

Sena, who teaches courses on poverty and considers homelessness a human rights violation, has been working with City Council and the Department of Licenses and Inspections to start the pilot program.

This would use available city land to create a village of 20 such tiny homes per acre for the homeless.

The homes are expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000 per unit. The price includes water, sewer, and electrical hookups.

The village would also include a community center and services for the homeless. The idea has been previously tried out in Seattle and Austin, Texas, with some success.

“I’m confident this will go forward,” said Sena. “This is my life’s work. We are so close.”

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