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Tiny is Big



While I appreciate some of the points Elliot Linn made in his letter ("Mailbox," March 10), I do take exception to him calling tiny homes substandard housing. We should remember that housing as large and resource intensive as our current standard is an anomaly in the history of humanity. Certainly the traditional housing of most indigenous peoples would be characterized as tiny homes, yet they are certainly not substandard. We need to face the fact that our current standard is unsustainable, as is the infrastructure and industries that support it.

Currently, the tiny house movement is big, and filled with people who want to reduce their ecological footprint, while leading a more satisfying way of life. However, you wouldn't know this from listening to the discussion of tiny homes in Humboldt County. Here, tiny houses are, at best, posited as a solution for the homeless. The reality is that tiny homes and low impact shelter are an important part of the solution to the problems we face, that people from all walks of life need to consider.

I do agree with Linn's characterization of Utah's policy of "Housing First" as growing out of their Christian ideals. The recent proclamation by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, favoring this approach exclusively, is another matter entirely. It gives the supervisors cover, while they continue the disgraceful practice of tearing down homeless encampments, and refuse to act on requests to set up a county sanctioned campground. Campgrounds and tiny homes are a humane and sane approach to the housing crisis, yet trying to force everyone to live the most expensive and resource intensive lifestyle possible, is clearly the preferred goal in Humboldt County.

— Amy Gustin, Ettersburg

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