Tiny Homes


First Tiny Home Opens Up

The first Cass Community Tiny Home was open for members of the press and a large number of friends and funders on September 8, 2016. Three to five people at a time walked through the 300 sq. ft. house on Elmhurst.

The next six Tiny Homes are underway. This batch will be on Monterey Street between the Lodge Service Drive and Woodrow Wilson. We anticipate that the houses will be complete by the end of October.

To have Rev. Fowler come speak to a group about the project, please e-mail her atffowler@casscommunity.org or call 313.883-2277, ext. 201. To arrange for a tour of the Tiny House e-mail ccumcac@aol.com.

Applications for a Tiny Home will be available for low-income people again beginning October 1, 2016. Completed forms are due before November 1, 2016. Forms must be picked up and dropped off at the CCSS Scott Building (11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI  48206). No forms will be mailed, faxed or e-mailed.

Tiny Homes Video


Cass Community Social Services is in the process of building 25 different Tiny Homes (250-400sf) on the north end of its campus between the Lodge service drive and Woodrow Wilson. Each home will be on its own lot (roughly 30 x 100 feet) and every one will be on a foundation. Most will have a front porch or rear deck to increase the living space.

The residents will have a combination of experiences (formerly homeless people, senior citizens, college students and a few Cass staff members) but all will qualify as low-income. At first, the residents will rent the homes. Anyone who remains for seven years will be given the opportunity to own the home and property.

The houses are being built by both professional trades people (under the supervision of a general contractor) and volunteer teams who will manage the finishing jobs – tiling, dry walling, painting, gardening, building decks and erecting fences.

If you are interested in hearing more about the project or making a financial contribution, contact Rev. Fowler at ffowler@casscommunity.org. Speak to Sue Pethoud to volunteer at spethoud@casscommunity.org. If you would like to donate building materials (bricks, paint, counter tops, etc.) reach out to Stacy Conwell-Leigh at sleigh@casscommunity.org.





19 Responses to Tiny Homes

  1. Val says:

    Sounds like a wonderful project for the city and. Thank you & Kudos!

  2. Tom Bank says:

    This is fantastic. Whether seniors, homeless, students, or young people starting their life’s journey, this shouts out, “COMMUNITY!” What a great way to rebuild where urban blight destroyed.

  3. karolynn cevidanes says:

    I think this is so wonderful. I currently live in Hawaii and I have been thinking of a program like this for here too. would love to get some more info on how you were able to make this possible. Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing.

  4. Hattie M. Hayes says:

    Congratulations for a great concept of mixed housing on a smaller affordable price. I am interested in supporting the project.

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  7. Andrea Butler says:

    I’m loving this…looking forward to seeing and applying for one.

  8. Paul Smith says:

    Could well be the best idea ever for housing for very low income persons…one’s own place, yard, garden if desired, pet if desired, path to home ownership.

  9. John J Buck says:

    What a blessing to see your vision coming to fruition!! May each of you be blest in a very special way for all that your ministry will accomplish.

    A Detroit boy who lived at 1512 Leslie from 1939 to 1948.

  10. Arlene Thompson says:

    I heard Rev. Fowler speak about this at the Michigan Area Annual Conference of the UMC this last June. I am thrilled to see that the first house is done; hopefully some others, too, by now. Your program has been in my thoughts and prayers ever since.

  11. Cassaundra Strong says:

    Interested in viewing the models

  12. Elizabeth barnett says:

    Is there any where in Detroit to tour tiny homes.

  13. Ian Gensler says:

    Very cool project! Would there ever be opportunity in the surrounding space for people to find the building of their own tiny houses to begin a community there?

  14. Paris says:

    Is it possible to be notified when the tiny homes open up again?

  15. Kim says:

    I would like to see this in Oakland County.

  16. Antwan Andre Cooper says:

    Is the home handicap accessible for people and wheelchairs

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  18. Tina poole says:

    They need to build them here in south carolina i have alot of health problems and want to own my own home before i die am fighting to keep a home now hope someone here see this and do it here my dream would maybe come true

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