Could you live in a portable home the size of a parking spot? That simple lifestyle was on display outside Science World this past weekend as tiny home advocates tried to sell their plan for housing affordability across B.C.
One woman was heard to say, "they're actually amazingly spacious", while another said, "It's addressing something people are kind of longing for, something sort of managable, small, elegant and more handmade".
Minimalist living is not for everyone, as one man explained, "It looks like a storage shed from Canadian Tire".
The BC Tiny House Collective was founded in 2016 to ignite a cultural shift towards tiny living across B.C.
A tiny house is defined as a sustainable and mobile housing unit, smaller then 500 square feet and includes a kitchen, washroom and sleeping area. Some of the small living spaces can be built for under $100,000 but they're currently illegal in Vancouver.
This past March, the city announced that it is looking to reset its housing strategy to better address the affordability crunch. The mayor said, "We need big moves to get the right supply of housing that meet peoples' needs and incomes...All options are on the table to keep Vancouver liveable, inclusive and affordable now and for many years to come".
Tiny house advocates are researching city bylaws and zoning to see if changes could help legalize small and mobile living spaces.
The Housing Reset's emerging direction are going to public consultation and will inform the final housing strategy being reported back to council in July.