Below we've listed questions most frequently asked about this tiny house community project.
Stay tuned to this page as it will be updated as more questions from the community arise.
Why build in Langley?
The city of Langley is the only one to pass the International tiny house building code. Along with this, they are working to establish a tiny house zoning regulation. Langley is welcoming this project and the Planning Commission is more than willing to work with THINC to help move this project forward.
What are the minimum standards on acquiring land?
The tiny house community needs to be hooked into Langley city sewer and water
we are in need of the following: Donors and volunteers to do the repairs on the existing house on the property to be fit for rental to a large family.
What will be the cost of one tiny house?
The estimated cost for building the 220 square foot structure is $12,000
Do you have to belong to a church to participate?
Not at all! All community members are encouraged to bring their skills and abilities to help. Several Christian churches on South Whidbey are working together to coordinate this project.
Do the applicants for the tiny houses need to be employed?
Not necessarily. They will need to have a source of regular income. This proposed tiny house community is not structured to be able to take in every type of situation. It is designed to provide a minimal standard of living (a small space) that will be affordable on a sliding scale based on income and number of people in the household. Most subsidized housing bases rent fees on 30% of income as per federal guidelines. THINC plans to follow that standard. The rent will include the cost of garbage service, heat, water, electricity, home insurance, and property taxes.
How long will the residents be allowed to live in the tiny house community?
The intention is to offer a safe and affordable shelter for those in need of housing. THINC housing can be renewed each year if the occupant is eligible.
What will be included in the background check for applicants?
A committee consisting of board members, neighbors, and residents to interview and approve candidates.
Three local references that know the applicant and will vouch for their character will be required. THINC will do a state and a federal background check. Any applicant with a history of violent crime will not be accepted.
What if problems develop after a resident has moved in?
There will be a one month trial period and after that time frame, an on-site manager and the board will examine any issues that will determine the resident's eligibility to remain.
There will be a mandatory monthly meeting for updates and issues.
The on-site manager is available to address daily concerns.