Florida Organization Seeks Tiny House Plans for Life Empowerment Outreach Project

According to a recent report by the Sentencing Project, in the United States approximately 100 Million people have a criminal record and over 2 million people are currently in jail or prison.

For these people, having even a minor criminal record, such as a misdemeanor or even an arrest without conviction, can create an array of lifelong barriers that can result in isolation, substance abuse, depression, poverty, and even worse criminal trouble in the future.

As a result, numerous companies have been established by or for ex-fellons to have the training, employment, resources, and conditions needed for success — everything from bread companies to restaurants, and starting soon, a tiny house manufacturing company.

Below is a letter from Michael Jalazo who is working to help launch “Second Chance Tiny House Manufacturing Corporation” in Florida which will help homeless people as well as people with a criminal record, to get education, jobs, and housing.

It’s the first program like this in the nation that we’re aware of, and we’re excited to have the small house movement being embraced by those working to create re-entry opportunities. We wish them the best of luck with their endeavor.

Presently they are needing help with small house plans and designs.

Please help in any way you can.


Greg Johnson, President/Director/Facilitator
Small House Society



Date: 26 Feb 2017 @ 1:22 PM EST
Re: Building Tiny Houses to Change Lives


My name is Michael Jalazo, and I am the Executive Director of Pinellas Ex Offender Re Entry Coalition (PERC), a nonprofit in Pinellas County, Florida (Tampa Bay area) that helps formerly incarcerated individuals get back on their feet upon reentry into society. PERC is proposing an exciting social enterprise project to a local foundation for support and I am hoping you’ll partner with us. We’re creating a workforce development program that will train former offenders to construct eight tiny houses in one year. This on the job training will lead to full-time construction job opportunities with the City of St. Petersburg for at least 32 hard to employ formerly incarcerated individuals.

By teaching ex-offenders to construct tiny houses they will develop a tangible skillset that will reduce their chances of returning to incarceration. Workforce training refocuses these individuals’ time and efforts on prosocial activities, making them less likely to engage in riskier behaviors. Attaining a job will enable them to generate income, enhance self-esteem, improve physical and mental health and become self-sufficient. Once self-sufficient, former offenders will come full circle, contributing to society rather than being supported by government and social services.

This project, titled “Second Chance Tiny House Manufacturing Corporation” will yield tiny houses for profit, in turn creating a sustainable business. We will also work with the Pinellas County government, the city of St. Petersburg and the Homeless Leadership Board to populate empty lots with tiny houses to create rapid housing to reduce homelessness in Pinellas County.

A number of partners are already involved in this project, providing stipends for training and lots to build on. An experienced contractor who is also a veteran in recovery will lead our efforts. However, we are in need of plans and designs for tiny house construction. Will you help turn around the lives of these in-need formerly incarcerated individuals by collaborating with PERC and donating tiny house plans?

Time is of the essence. We are submitting our grant proposal at the end of this week – please reply to this email and tell me that your company is in! PERC is a nonprofit, so your contribution will be tax deductible.


Certainly, feel free to call about details.

Michael D. Jalazo
CEO/Executive Director
Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition
727-656-4989 Cell
855-505-PERC (7372)
Clearwater: 727-408-5260 Ext 208; St. Petersburg 727-954-3993 x201
Email: mjalazo@exoffender.org
Web: www.exoffender.org

The JotHouse Online Interactive Small Home Planning Survey

In 2007 we learned of the inspiring small homes from the wonderful people at JotHouse.com. Now, you can visit JotHouse.com and use their interactive online survey for those planning to build a small home. Take a look! http://JotHouse.com/


@TinyLivingHomes Amazing HD Music Video

The people at TinyLivingHomes.com have produced an amazing HD music video featuring their homes from all angles using what seems to be drone video footage. The song is I see fire (KYGO Remix) by Ed Sheeran. Enjoy!


Below is an image from the video.


Tiny House Q&A: Where can I find a local small house builder?

Q: Where can I find a local small house builder?

A: On our website we have a directory of designers and builders, as well as a listing of local contacts.

However, because the small house movement is still relatively new, it’s unlikely that there’s a small house builder located in your community.

What people typically do is contact a local contractor or local builder in their area. That person can be the local builder and work with house plans from one of the national designers. Even if they don’t have extensive experience building tiny homes, they have the tools and experience needed.

Another option would be to purchase a ready-made tiny house and have it delivered to you (or go get it from a builder).

Shepherd Huts as Tiny Homes

About Shepherd Huts

The clean lines and minimalist design of shepherd huts make them highly desirable as tiny homes. Although small in size, their open and spacious interior accommodates a variety of  changing floor plans for multiple uses throughout the day. With plenty of windows and available wall space, there is plenty of natural light, and a feeling of openness to the world around you.


The photos below show interiors of various shepherd huts that people have designed.

Low Maintenance Design

Because of their practical and simple design, when properly constructed, shepherds huts can be very low maintenance. They typically have metal roof design, and some have metal siding as seen in the examples below.

Shepherd Hut Manufacturers

Rebecca and Larry Cameron of Northern Michigan have been shepherd hut enthusiasts for years, and after extensive research into their design, they now offer some of the finest quality shepherd huts in North America. Their business is Pixie Palace Hut Company. Their shepherd hut design is shown below.



In creating a dwelling for year-round use, it’s important to have plenty of insulation. Below you can see the flooring insulation in Rebecca and Larry’s shepherd hut design.


Transporting a Shepherd Hut

Because of their relatively light weight, one-level design, and low profile wheels, the shepherd hut can be transported using a standard vehicle trailer as shown below.


Global Interest

The maps below show some of the visits to this page from around the world in the first few hours after posting the article. This suggests a broad interest in shepherd huts.

Small House Society News 201407

Small House Society – News 201401 | 31 July 2014 |  Thursday

Dear Friend,

20110201tu-gregory-johnson-mobile-hermitage-small-house-photo-by-makur-jain-IMG_6311-450x630-70percent-214x300We’ve had a busy summer here at the Small House Society. Here’s the latest news.

Tiny House Nation. In case you’ve not heard yet, the small house movement is now a television show on A&E called Tiny House Nation. It’s free advertising for our movement, so we should do all we can to help promote it. The show airs live on A&E, and can be viewed online by those with an approved television service provider login.

Small House Workshop & Build in Iowa City on 9 August 2014

We’re really excited to have Dee Williams coming to Iowa City for a small house workshop and build. She’ll be joined by her brother, an Iowa City native, for what promises to be an amazing event. Here’s the announcement from Doug:

Join us in Iowa for a one day workshop, kicking off the construction of a 12-foot tiny house on wheels. During this day-long intensive you will frame the floor and walls, anchoring them to a utility trailer. PAD is partnering with a local volunteer group, TINY HOUSE IOWA CITY, and Dee will teach the workshop along side her brother, Doug, a long time builder and teacher. The workshop will be held at Coralville United Methodist Church, 806 13th Ave, Coralville, IA 52241, and will include a meet-up social on Saturday night in Iowa City. To register visit Dee’s website (here). To help spread the word, click here for the Facebook event page.

Free Road Trip! Check out this all expense paid road trip from Portland to Austin + free little house vacation stay. This is a great opportunity for the right person to enjoy a road trip and vacation all paid.

Small House Competition. The Sing Core group is having a small folding house competition. Check it out.

Annual Fundraiser. At the start of each new year, we focus on fundraising for only a few weeks. Donations help us have greater impact throughout the year ahead in promoting and supporting the small house movement. This year, we had only one brief mention of the fundraiser, and as a result, we’ve had only 12 donations come in. So, if you feel inclined, consider donating to our cause. You can give using PayPalFundly, or by sending a check to: Small House Society, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717. Thanks!

Media Requests. Click here to view the recent media requests and help as you’re able. Thanks!

Local Small House Society Chapters. Our Directory of Local Contacts is growing. We want to welcome those who joined us this past month. With support requests pouring in from all over the world, it’s important to establish local chapter offices for the Small House Society in various countries, regions, states, and cities. Please let me know if you’re interested in being a local representative and contact. We’ve now added a Google map showing small house representatives in various regions.

Thanks. I want to thank the global team of volunteers and contributors “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of the Small House Society. Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that the Small House Society can serve you better.

Gregory Johnson, Facilitator, President, Co-Founder
Small House Society

Internet: http://www.smallhousesociety.org
E-Mail: shs @ resourcesforlife.com (without spaces)
Postal: c/o Resources for Life, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717
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Global Reach. During a typical week, we have thousands of visitors from over 120 countries visiting our website. The map below is just a snapshot of just a few hours. So, the need for additional helpers is great. We have over 8000 people that we communicate each month through email, phone, or these updates. Click for a larger image.


Man Lives in Tiny House With Tiny Dog

Further Reading

Here are some resources mentioned in the video for further reading and research.


Tennessee Tiny Homes

We want to welcome Tennessee Tiny Homes to our directory of tiny home designers and builders.

  • 20140203mo-tennesseetinyhomes-500x500TennesseeTinyHomes.com – (Collierville, Tennessee) “Joe Everson builds portable tiny houses made to be taken with someone, wherever they may wander. The 100 to 120 square foot houses are built on trailers and are being used all over the country for people who want a minimalist and mobile lifestyle.  Tennessee Tiny Homes specializes in dwellings that range from a cozy 120 square feet to a more spacious 200 square feet, and can be purchased for as little as $15,000.”

Learn More. Take a moment to visit and like the Tennessee Tiny Homes Facebook page.

Photos. Enjoy a few selections below from their website. Click any image for a larger gallery view.