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Tiny houses with a big heart

When someone experiences homelessness it’s common to feel a little isolated. Accordwest’s new community-led Tiny Houses initiative offers more than just a safe, secure and stable place to call home while people find their feet; it provides a wrap-around support service that gives tenants building blocks toward a more confident and assured future.

With the support of the Bunbury community, we’ve now completed three tiny houses ready to be occupied by those who need them most. These homes are completely self-contained (one with full accessibility) and designed to give residents the time and space they need to achieve stable and independent lives.

We like to think of them as tiny houses with a big heart.

Homelessness in the South West

When someone experiences homelessness it’s common to feel a little isolated. Accordwest’s new community-led Tiny Houses initiative offers more than just a safe, secure and stable place to call home while people find their feet; it provides a wrap-around support service that gives tenants building blocks toward a more confident and assured future.

With the support of the Bunbury community, we’ve now completed three tiny houses ready to be occupied by those who need them most. These homes are completely self-contained (one with full accessibility) and designed to give residents the time and space they need to achieve stable and independent lives.

We like to think of them as tiny houses with a big heart.

Step into our tiny houses

To give residents day-to-day comfort and security, each tiny house is fitted with essentials that make a home a home. All houses boast seamlessly integrated open living spaces complemented by a mini kitchen and sleeping area. Off the living area is an easy access bathroom and laundry, while the front-facing porches are a wonderful place to sit and experience our great West Australian climate

Walking alongside you

Our Tiny House tenants are provided with full wrap-around social services during their stay. They’ll work with their Housing Support Worker to secure long term accommodation, simultaneously working towards goals and actions identified during their case support planning sessions. These could include:

Family
Transport
Counselling
Health
Substance misuse

Financial
Employment
Education
Legal.

Our proactive approach of offering support at every step of the way overcomes the barriers of obtaining and sustaining stable accommodation to ensure all paths lead to a home.

A few words from our key contributors

"Seeing Bunbury’s enthusiasm for Tiny Houses, the way it has brought people together and the amount of volunteerism it has generated shows what an engaged and generous community we are fortunate to live in. The whole project has been a fantastic learning opportunity. I hope we have the opportunity to replicate it in a way that delivers even greater benefits to tenants and the broader community."

- HON. DON PUNCH MLA

"We’ve been overwhelmed by the local community’s enthusiasm to get involved in our Tiny Houses initiative. The heart, generosity and care that has gone into building these homes from the ground up, has made our project a true feat of togetherness. But this is just the beginning. We hope to grow our project even further continuing to provide vital relief and ongoing support to our most vulnerable community members."

- EVAN NUNN, ACCORDWEST CEO

"Challis Builders were very pleased to be a part of this new concept community project. We became involved through Rotary and as a local business, saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community who have supported us over the years. It’s how we’re doing our bit to help those less fortunate than us."

- JAMIE CHALLIS, HALLIS BUILDERS MANAGING DIRECTOR

Thank you to these generous locals!

We’d like to give a big shout out to these local businesses as we acknowledge their contribution to date:

A more confident future

Together, we’ve created the Southwest’s first Tiny House Village. Our vision is to continue to grow this initiative, which means our work isn’t over yet. If you’d like to contribute or get involved contact Accordwest.

You can find out more about the WA Government’s 10-Year on Homelessness here.

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