Tiny Homes


Tiny Homes Detroit Featured on NowThis!

NowThis News, one of Facebook’s most popular News/Media fan pages recently featured Tiny Homes Detroit in one of their original videos. The video received over 5 MILLION views in its first 24 hours!

Watch the video below and click here to pre-order Rev. Fowler’s new book Tiny Homes in a Big City.


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 at ffowler@casscommunity.org or call 313.883-2277, ext. 201. To arrange for a tour of the Tiny House e-mail ccumcac@aol.com.


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.

180 Responses to Tiny Homes

  1. Mary E Smith says:

    Any chance they will make these for tiny families? My husband and I had a change of life surprise baby, he was a twin but only he made it, he is 11 now and our entire world. Hubby is 65, permanently and totally disabled, and I caught the cancer 3 years ago, I am currently 45. The entire disability check goes toward house payment of $1200.00. We’re stuck, can’t afford to move, lost our car, our savings, our son could have so much more if we had affordable housing. We needed this big house when all of the children were home, but the first five are adults now, grown and gone, just the 3 of us. We would love one of these little houses

    • spethoud says:

      If all goes well, that is the plan. We are building 25 for singles and couples and have 7 finished with 5 underway. It will be some time before we work on the homes for small families.

  2. Crystal Meyer says:

    May I have information about the architects for these homes? We’d like to put a small apartment or two on our property to provide free housing for someone to help them save up to buy a place. There are programs many people we know qualify for but they need a down payment, impossible with rent. In two years, they’d have enough to qualify.

  3. Tracy Grandberry says:

    How do you apply to live in one of the tiny homes which programs help you to live in one??

  4. I’m interested in living in a tiny home. How can I apply for one?

  5. kemp says:

    hi i am currently homeless n will like to know how i can apply for tiny home. i can even volunteer to work

  6. Toni Cornett says:

    Can I buy a tiny home for cash
    As a gift for my son.

  7. My name is Adriane i live in chicago on the northside. I have 2 kids 14 and 4 years old and we live in a studio apartment thats about 300 sqaure feet and im paying 1000$ for rent. I stay because it is a safe neighborhoods for my girls. If i could get a Tiny house in a nice neighborhood it would be a dream.

  8. Thomas C. Fusi says:

    How can this project reach my country .This is awesomely for people with low income.How I wish one day in my city to have this project .

  9. Ximena says:

    Congratulation great idea. I wish we can have them s program in Florida.

  10. Brittani says:

    I would love to volunteer!

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