Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tiny Homes for homeless veterans face "code" issues

Veteran's tiny home collides with Kitsap County code

KING 5 News
Author: Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun
October 26, 2018

Lynam said there are ways for Rye and his tiny home to remain on the property. The county allows "special care units," essentially small homes for people who need care due to a health condition or other circumstances. Rye's home would likely qualify, he said. Under a recently-passed transitory accommodations ordinance, a property owner can also provide space for an RV or other shelter to house a homeless household for up to 180 days.
Volunteers transformed a bare trailer chassis into a tidy framed house for a Navy veteran. But a complaint led county staff to inspect the property where the home was located and found it collided with county code.

SEABECK — Sam Rye's tiny house is a palace compared to his last abode.

The former Navy machinist camped in a tent in state parks around the Kitsap Peninsula before military buddies banded together a year ago to help him build a little house on wheels. Big retailers donated supplies for the project.

Volunteers transformed a bare trailer chassis into a tidy framed house, with a bedroom, composting toilet, kitchen and cozy living room. The electric fireplace flickered beneath a flat-screen TV on Tuesday as Rye discussed his diminutive dwelling with pride.

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