Matt McKinney

Star Tribune: Forest Lake church to consider building tiny-house community for the chronically homeless

Could a tiny house fix a big problem?

The members of a Forest Lake church want to know, and they have begun plans to build a group of tiny houses — each about 100 square feet — that would house chronically homeless people, a first-of-its-kind effort in Minnesota.

The tiny-house village would sit on trailers parked on the church property and could open as soon as next year if plans and fundraising come together, said the Rev. John Klawiter, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church.

“This is a very compassionate ministry,” said Klawiter. “It’s something that we should be doing.”