Celebrating Dan Fitzpatrick: President Elect 2020

Celebrating Dan Fitzpatrick: President Elect 2020

The Future Just Got Brighter For The Tiny Home Industry!

Written by Janet Thome

The Tiny Home Industry Association has just selected Dan Fitzpatrick as our new President Elect as of Jan. 1st, 2020. Dan is the Director Of Government Relations for both the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and the American Tiny House Association ( ATHA ). The future just brighter for the tiny home industry to have Dan at the helm along with the  leadership of  Brad Wiseman, our extraordinary CEO and Chairman of THIA, along with the members of THIA and ATHA to Make Tiny Possible! Affordable housing cannot wait.

”Thank you for your trust in electing me President of THIA. ” ” I will try my best to live up to your expectations in accomplishment of THIA’s 2020 work program. ”

THIA’s Mission

 Unifying A Movement by Developing Standards and Promoting Best Practices in The Construction, Placement and Widespread Use of Tiny Homes as Permissible and Permanent Housing.

THIA’s Vision

We envision a world in which people are allowed to choose from a broader range of economical, ecologically responsible, safe and healthy housing solutions.

Dan Fitzpatrick: Key Proponent Of Moveable Tiny Homes In California

Dan Fitzpatrick  has made presentations to cities and counties though out the west coast on the opportunities for tiny houses and moveable tiny houses as a means to meet the ever-growing need for affordable and sustainable housing. Dan was recently a major presenter at the California Rural Counties Association, the Oregon Symposium on Tiny Homes, Green California Summit 2018, as well as a speaker for the SMUD tiny home on wheels design competition in Sacramento.

In 2018, Dan  conducted a series of workshops throughout California for Green Technology: ”Tiny Houses: A Sustainable, Eco-Friendly and Affordable Housing Solution” and training sessions for California local chapters of the American Tiny House Association on ”Legalizing Tiny Living”.

Dan  has over 48 years of broad executive level management and administrative leadership experience in both public and private sector organizations. Because of his government and developer experience, he has been working with CA local governments to amend their planning and zoning codes to permit moveable tiny houses as ADU’s. He has assisted cities of Fresno, Los Angeles, SLO, Ojai and San Diego on their ordinances and as well as the counties of Placer, SLO,  Monterey and Humboldt County.


He has made presentations to Planning Commissions, City Councils and Boards of Supervisors throughout CA. He is working with several California municipalities with several for demonstration infill tiny home projects.

Dan Fitzpatrick

Recent Progress In Smithville, Texas

In October, Dan was a guest speaker on a tiny home panel for the city of Smithville, Texas in October this year.  Smithville was considering adopting Appendix Q for tiny homes on a foundation. Appendix Q was adopted into the 2018 International Residential Code ( IRC ) building code to provide regulations and standards for tiny homes on a foundation that is 400 square feet or less.

”Monday evening I represented the Tiny House Industry Association and the American Tiny House Association in Smithville, TX, a community outside Austin. A group of City Council and community members gathered to hear my presentation of tiny homes and how they could be incorporated within their community.”

”After a 2 hour meeting and answering many questions, the Council voted to direct the City Manager to prepare ordinances for tiny houses and movable tiny houses in their town.
The city manager has already reached out and asked our help in writing their ordinances. ”

This is such an impressive success, because they were not considering moveable tiny homes at all and Dan won them over with his expertise and presentation.

ATHA And THIA Go International!

”I have been asked by the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) to speak at their annual Vancouver conference. The topic will be on working with local and state governments in support of tiny houses as an affordable housing option.
The conference is mid-month with my presentation on November 19th. It will be exciting to gain insight into the tiny world of Canada, as they have many tiny builders and advocates.”

BC’s Affordable Housing Conference

THIA’s Initiatives And Goals

With our eyes on the future,

THIA supports the expansion of tiny home acceptance by

Working towards:

  • Consensus-based development of construction standards, planning, and inspection protocols
  • Professional development resources, tiny house movement research, and consumer education programs, along with news
  • Collaboration on a coordinated approach to legitimize tiny homes as a safe, permissible and permanent quality housing option.

Learn More

We Want To Thank Thom Stanton For His Service As President Of THIA

Thom Stanton is passing on the torch to Dan Fitzpatrick and we would to thank him for his service to THIA as the President and we wish him great success in his future endeavors. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work as the key proponent of the state of Virginia to adopt Appendix Q which has has gained approval, including the 2021 edited changes.

Related Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes

Dan Fitzpatrick


Affordable Housing Cannot Wait: Presentation By Dan Fitzpatrick

Join The Movement !

United Dwelling-Turn Your Garage Into An ADU

United Dwelling-Turn Your Garage Into An ADU

At No Up Front Cost To You In Los Angeles County

Written By Janet Thome

United Dwelling- Housing Innovation Challenge Winner- partners with homeowners to transform their  garage into an affordable, high-quality home at no cost to you. You’ll receive additional income from monthly rent and an overall increase in your property value. With 236,000 detached two-car garages in LA County, the vision is to convert 3,000 garages to ADUs by 2022.

Winner Of The Los Angeles County Housing Challenge

From among 53 proposals evaluated by a panel of experts, United Dwelling was awarded $1,000,000 for our innovative idea to address the affordable housing crisis.

United Dwelling will use 100% of the award money to offer housing for tenants with lower paying service-oriented careers in fields like public education, healthcare, and social work. They will  achieve this by increasing payments to homeowners up to $500 per month if they accept a tenant with a housing voucher in select neighborhoods.

The New Face A Homelessness

The new face of homelessness are fully employed families and individuals that cannot afford to put a roof over their head. United Dwelling is looking to help the working poor.

How United Dwelling Works

  • Homeowners sign an agreement to lease their garage and receive a portion of the rent United
  • United Dwelling obtains all permits
  • Manages the remodeling process
  • They pay for the conversion
  • They find a vetted tenant
  • Handle all property management


  • No upfront cost, No Hassle
  • Licensed contractor, Modative Build Inc.
  • Reliable source of income
  • Increase your property value from $140,000 to $ 200,000
  • Strengthen your community and be a part of the solution

What Is An ADU?

New California state laws allow homeowners to convert their garage or build a new rental home known as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). By transforming your backyard into additional housing, you’re helping making a profound and positive change to your community with the benefits of increasing your property value and building long term equity through rental income.

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production October 9th, 2019

The construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can also help cities meet their housing goals and increase the state’s affordable housing supply. The Governor signed the following bills to eliminate barriers to building ADUs:

  • AB 68 by Assembly member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) makes major changes to facilitate the development of more ADUs and address barriers to building. The bill reduces barriers to ADU approval and construction, which will increase production of these low-cost, energy-efficient units and add to California’s affordable housing supply
  • AB 881 by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) removes impediments to ADU construction by restricting local jurisdictions’ permitting criteria, clarifying that ADUs must receive streamlined approval if constructed in existing garages, and eliminating local agencies’ ability to require owner-occupancy for five years.

From the office of Governor Gavin Newsom

United Dwelling FAQ

Founder And CEO

Steven Dietz, previously co-founded Upfront Ventures and spent 30 years as a leading VC investor in Southern California financing and counseling some of the best entrepreneurial talent in the country. Mr. Dietz and his team team funded over 220 start-ups that now employ more than 530,000 people in the US, including 30,000 in LA County alone.  Of those 220 companies multiple have become household names including Costco, Starbucks, Petsmart, Ulta Beauty, Bird, Mitu and Office Depot. Many of these companies rank among the most socially conscious and best places to work in the US.

Call For A Free Consultation 310 853 5936

United Dwelling Website

Symbium Build: Plan Your ADU in Seconds

Symbium Build: Plan Your ADU in Seconds

ADU San Francisco Symbium Build Meetup October 9th, 2019

Written By Janet Thome

Symbium Build- a  Computational Law company, has created a portal that makes it easy for anyone to quickly assess if it is feasible to develop an ADU on any parcel and displays the applicable development standards. The service is available in California.

The Symbium Build portal is a service for homeowners, designers, architects, developers,  planners and city staff  that will streamline the ADU process so that relevant laws and regulations are presented in an easy to understand visual format.

Symbium Build Portal

What are ADUs?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California.

Meetup Details

If you love tiny homes and are interested in the accessory dwelling unit ( ADU) movement, join Symbium Build at their inaugural Meetup. Network with tiny home and ADU enthusiasts, homeowners, design professionals. Non alcoholic drinks and snacks will be served.

Address And Time Of Meetup: 5pm to 7pm: October 9th, 2013

149 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, Ca,

Check in with the lobby attendant. Go to the 4th floor. Check in closes at 6pm.

Join The ADU Enthusiasts Group

 Symbium Build Allows

  • Anyone to determine whether a ADU is allowed on a particular property
  • Understand the development standards that apply
  • Understand the ensuing processes to build an ADU
  •  Streamline process for planning an ADU in seconds

Symbium Build Works In Cooperation With Municipalities

San Francisco improves permitting process with online portal to help combat housing crisis,  Symbium’s BUILD portal enables city planners, design professionals, developers, and homeowners in San Francisco to understand whether an accessory dwelling unit (“ADU”) (also known as second units and in-law units) is allowed on a particular parcel, what development standards apply, and the ensuing processes.

Symbium’s BUILD portal also supports commercial business zoning so anyone can instantly visualize where in a jurisdiction a specific business type is allowed.

Symbium In Collaboration With The City Of San Fransisco

California State ADU Legislation

State legislation that took effect January 1, 2017 gave California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build ADUs. Three separate bills were introduced and signed by Governor Brown; SB 1069 Opens a New Window. (Wieckowski), AB 2299 Opens a New Window. (Bloom), and AB 2406 Opens a New Window. (Thurmond). Each of these land use bills make it easier than ever for homeowners to take advantage of this attractive opportunity.

Opportunity To Bring An ADU Into Compliance

As of January 1, 2019, homeowners who created accessory dwelling units (ADUs) without the required building permits may have the opportunity to bring their ADUs into compliance. For ADUs that were constructed without building permits, local building officials now have the option to inspect an ADU and apply the building standards that were in effect at the time the unit was constructed. This bill: SB 1226 (Bates), adds Section 17958.12 to the California Health and Safety Code Opens a New Window. , and with application of appropriate building codes, may allow issuance of a building permit for the residential unit.

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production October 9th, 2019

The construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can also help cities meet their housing goals and increase the state’s affordable housing supply. The Governor signed the following bills to eliminate barriers to building ADUs:

  • AB 68 by Assembly member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) makes major changes to facilitate the development of more ADUs and address barriers to building. The bill reduces barriers to ADU approval and construction, which will increase production of these low-cost, energy-efficient units and add to California’s affordable housing supply
  • AB 881 by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) removes impediments to ADU construction by restricting local jurisdictions’ permitting criteria, clarifying that ADUs must receive streamlined approval if constructed in existing garages, and eliminating local agencies’ ability to require owner-occupancy for five years

From the office of Governor Gavin News

How Does An ADU Fit With My Home?

ADUs can be behind, attached to, inside of, above, or below an existing home.

Related: Rent The Backyard

Rent the Backyard will put an ADU in your backyard at no up front cost to you. More details.

Start Up:  Rent The Backyard Seeking Partners

Start Up: Rent The Backyard Seeking Partners

San Francisco Start Up-Rent The Backyard Seeking Partners: No Upfront Cost

Rent The Backyard

Written By Janet Thome

Rent The Backyard- A San Fransisco start up co-foundered by  Spencer Burleigh and Brian Bakerman are seeking homeowners with backyards that have at least a 30X 30 space to partner up with – AT NO COST TO YOU. Rent The Backyard was created in hope’s of easing the Bay areas housing crisis- by building granny units.

Zero Upfront Cost

With Rent the Backyard, you don’t need to invest any of your own money to start. When you leave your home, just pay for the equity you haven’t yet unlocked.

Rent Your Backyard In Three Easy Steps

We build your unit for free

They handle permitting and building your unit. You pay nothing unless you sell your home.

We list your unit online

They  make a professional listing and find a high-quality tenant or short term guests. They will  even handle maintenance.

You get half the rent

Each month, you’ll get a check or bank transfer for half your unit’s profit.

How Do You Qualify?

You own a home in the San Francisco Bay Area
Your backyard is 30 X 30 feet in size
You live in your home most of the year

Your Backyard Studio Apartment

Comes with everything your guests need to live independently.

Is beautiful and radically sustainable – powered by NODE

Is built almost entirely offsite and requires minimal backyard assembly.

Plus Hus pre-fabricated studio units

Spencer Burleigh and Brian Bakerman , who both went to Carnegie Mellon University, are working with companies like Plus Hus that build pre-fabricated studio units. According to the Committee to House the Bay Area, or CASA, about 300,000 of these small units can be built without affecting traffic or density.

What Are The Perks?

  • You can even choose your own tenant, friend or relative
  • Wow- just a reminder- no upfront costs to you
  • They take all the hassle away of getting permits
  • Fast process
  • Amazing income potential
  • Alternative to assistive living
  • Private space for a family member

Article Source NBC Bay Area

For More Details Call 888 350 0470

Rent The Backyard

525 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

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Should Tiny Homes Be Allowed In Humboldt County, Ca.?

Should Tiny Homes Be Allowed In Humboldt County, Ca.?

Seeking Public Comments To Help County Decide

Written By Janet Thome

Humboldt County, California- Should tiny homes be allowed? Where tiny houses will be allowed in the future depends on how the county  defines tiny houses  and what codes and standards apply to their construction. The public is invited to help the County figure out if, when and where they should be allowed by contacting Mary Milner, the planner of Humboldt County.

California Definition

There is currently no official definition of a Tiny House in California. However, in practice, it is generally understood that a Tiny House is a permanent dwelling or bedroom less than 400 square feet in size, either built on a tow able chassis (Moveable Tiny House) or attached to a foundation.

Proposed Definition

The definition of the Tiny House dictates which building code or standards apply to its construction. Humboldt County proposes a definition that includes the following characteristics:

Classification as a permanent, year-round dwelling,

On wheels or on a foundation

.A few jurisdictions around the state have adopted local ordinances that permit Tiny Homes on Wheels (also known as Moveable Tiny Houses) as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These are These are Fresno, Ojai, Placer County, San Luis Obispo  and Los Angeles (proposed, not yet approved).

Why Promote Tiny Houses?

When the International Code Commission (ICC )made changes to its residential code (IRC) in 2018 to facilitate Tiny House construction, its rule making document cited these reasons:

Average US home size is increasing, while family decreasing;

Tiny Houses use a fraction of the wood and wood products of a conventional home

Lifetime conditioning costs can be as low as 7% of conventionally sized homes;

Increased housing cost makes home ownership unfeasible for many;

Tiny Houses can add to affordable  owned and rental housing stock

Tiny House Fact Sheet

Call  Mary Milner, Planner at 707-268-3772

Eureka Is Encouraging Homeowners To Build ADUs In Their Backyards

One of the city’s main priorities is encouraging homeowners to build mother-in-law units in their backyards and to offer perks to developers who construct affordable-by-design units.

There are also 22 churches in the city, most of which are zoned in single-family residential zones and which also have large parking lots, Holmlund said. A couple of parking spaces in those lots can also be used for tiny houses.

“We encourage all the churches in town to do this,” Holmlund said. “Maybe they have the resources to find someone that is very low-income or homeless, have them live in that unit, work with them, coach them into reintegrating into society and then we have 22 more housing units just like that.”

Article Source Time Standard

2019 Housing Element

Welcome to Humboldt County’s Housing Element Update page. It is intended to inform people, and invite community input about current and future housing in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Housing Element Progress – Latest Version

The files below represent the version of the Housing Element to be presented at the August 20, 2019 Board of Supervisors hearing. It includes public input, revisions requested by the Planning Commission, by Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and by Legal Services of Northern California. The last file is a summary of the revisions.

Topics Related To Housing
New allowances for ADUs
New allowances for Tiny Houses
How Can You Participate?

You are invited to help us update the Housing Element in several ways:

Sign up for notifications
Attend workshop(s)
Take our surveys
Submit written comments
Attend Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings

You can sign up for email or text notifications for the Housing Element update and other topics on the County’s website at: Notify Me

Select “General Plan Implementation” for Housing Element workshops, meetings, and notices.


As work on the Element progresses, interactive surveys and tools for public comment on specific topics will be incorporated into this and other websites. To receive notifications as surveys become available, sign up at Notify Me. Select “General Plan Implementation”.

Written Comments

Please send written communications to: longrangeplanning@co.humboldt.ca.us

All comments will be part of public record.

Contact Person for Housing Element

2019 Housing Element

Michelle Nielsen, email: MNielsen@co.humboldt.ca.us

With Housing Element Passed, Staff Pushes Forward on Tiny Houses  August 29th, 2019

The nonprofit Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, which has long lobbied for creative solutions to the county’s housing crisis, applauded the board’s vote to pass a plan that, in addition to tiny homes, also includes provisions for a sanctuary parking program and campground.

Article Source NCJ

Bold New Approaches

But there are also some “bold new approaches,” according to the county’s staff report. “For example,” it states, “the amendments propose to dramatically expand allowances for accessory dwelling units (formally known as second units), and to create new allowances for tiny homes, moveable tiny houses, and tiny house villages.”

This comes as welcome news to many of the county’s most prominent activists on homelessness issues. Nezzie Wade, board president of the group Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA), said she’s very happy the county has included tiny houses in its plan.

Article Source Lost Coast Outpost

Related: Shit Talking: Humboldt County Looks at Adjusting Compost Toilet Rules Amidst Bureaucratic Tangle

A handful of rural resident stakeholders see composting toilets as the most environmentally responsible method for disposing of human waste in Humboldt County. When residents live away from communities with sewage services, wastewater is generally treated with septic systems under California Plumbing Code, but a group of rural residents are saying septic systems needlessly waste water and energy. These stakeholders are encouraging the County to not merely allow water-less and composting toilet systems but to see them as the preferred method of waste treatment in low density areas such as Southern Humboldt.

Article Source Redheaded Blackbelt

Related: Water less Toilet Systems Ordinance Passed

Photo Credit: American Tiny House

California Tiny House

Written By Janet Thome

California Tiny House- Custom builder

California Tiny House-Owned and operated  by father and son, Pat And Nick Mosley. They have additional  family members that bring  their own unique skill set to the business which has helped propel it to one of the top Tiny House Builders in the the nation.

Custom Builder

California Tiny House started their tiny home business in Fresno, CA in 2014 and specialize in custom built tiny homes.  They  build and design all of their homes in house  and are hands on every step of the way. They have built over 100 tiny homes at this time.

The customer reviews reflect on their core statements regarding their building experience. California Tiny House states ” We strongly believe in honesty and forming relationships with our clients to ensure their tiny house experience is amazing. ”

Vice President Of ATHA and board member of THIA

Nick Mosley is the vice president of the American Tiny House Association ( ATHA) and we are happy to announce that Nick is new board member for THIA !

Forefront of tiny house legislation

Nick Mosley has been on the forefront of tiny house legalization and legislature in which they  have been a part of some of the most groundbreaking tiny house bills to date.

Fresno Passes Groundbreaking ‘Tiny House’ Rules Jan 16th, 2016

“We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’ ” says Mayor Ashley Swearingen. “If there’s one thing that Californians should know about Fresno, it’s that we are full of surprises. And just when you’ve think you’ve pegged us to be one type of community, we’ll surprise you.”

Some of Swearingen’s motivation comes from wanting to support local jobs and manufacturing. A new Fresno company, California Tiny House, is now building these custom homes for people all over the state. It recently held an unusual open house to celebrate Fresno’s new rules, parking a 270-square-foot cottage on wheels in front of City Hall.

Tiny Homes in Fresno


California Tiny House has partnered with CTE and ROP programs throughout the state of California to bring tiny house curriculum to dozens of high schools, which is growing every year. They are strong advocates for tiny house construction in schools and have breathed new life back into programs that have nearly been lost.

Partners With Operation Tiny House

Operation Tiny Home  has partnered with California Tiny House as an approved builder for their down payment grant assistance program.

Tiny House Education

California Tiny House has a non-profit called Tiny_edu where they host summer educational programs for high school teachers to learn the ins and outs of tiny home construction.

They just completed a two-week workshop for the 4th year in a row, and this time with the assistance from our tool distribution program through the support of Milwaukee Tool North America! Now, these teachers will be bringing back what they learned over the summer to empower their classrooms to start a tiny house project of their own.

Pacific West Associates

California Tiny House  is certified  by Pacific West Associates.  PWA  certifies Recreational Vehicles, Recreational Park Models, Commercial and Special Commercial Modular buildings, Manufactured Housing, Tiny Homes and DIY builds.

PWA is also a full discipline engineering firm including Mechanical, Electrical, Forensic and Structural divisions. Chuck Ballard is the President and Director Of Standards for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and is a principle member that writes the codes and standards for the RV Industry.