Why build in Langley?
Langley is the only city on Whidbey Island to pass the International Tiny House Building Code. They are also working to establish a tiny house zoning regulation. Langley is enthusiastic about the project and the Planning Commission is working with THINC to help move the project forward.
What are the minimum standards on acquiring land?
The tiny house community needs to be hooked into Langley city sewer and water.
What is the cost of building one tiny house?
The estimated cost for building the 264 square-foot structure is approximately $18,000.
Do you have to belong to a church to participate?
Not at all! All community members, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to bring their skills and abilities to help.
Do the applicants for the tiny houses need to be employed?
Not necessarily, though they will need to have a source of regular income.
What is the cost for residents?
The proposed tiny house community is designed to provide a minimal standard of affordable living 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 will 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 an on-site manager to oversee the community.
The board will examine any concerns and determine a 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.
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