Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home


Written By Janet Thome

Operation Tiny Home has a down payment assistance program to help those that are eligible and are in need of housing. The down payment is often the biggest hurdle that someone is faced with in planning a tiny home purchase.

First Step

The first step in applying for a down payment assistance grant is to contact an Operation Tiny Home professional build partner. You will work together with your builder to discuss your specific tiny home living needs and obtain pre-approval for a bank loan.

Once you have been pre-approved for your loan and your builder has determined that you are eligible for down payment assistance, your builder will contact us to request that we send you a grant invitation from Operation Tiny Home.

To get started please contact one of our Operation Tiny Home build partners: Tumbleweed Tiny Homes, Cornerstone Tiny Homes, California Tiny House, Tiny Mountain Houses, Tiny Idahomes, Far Out Tiny Homes, Liberty Cabins, Hummingbird Tiny Housing, Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins, Core Housing Solutions, or TruForm Tiny.

If you are interested in working with another builder that is not listed above, please ask your builder contact Operation Tiny Home.

Who Will Qualify?

The process consists of an application, background check and phone interview. Operation Tiny Home considers applicants without regard to race, religious preference, gender, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Criteria Needed To Qualify

  • You must be pre-qualified for financing and working with an Operation Tiny Home approved professional tiny home builder

  • The purchased tiny home must be your primary residence;

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident;

  • You must have a verifiable long-term legal location secured to build or place your tiny home

Who Can Apply:
The applicant must demonstrate that they are in need of housing and fit the following criteria:

Community Heroes:

  • Military and Veterans

  • Law Enforcement

  • Fire Fighters

  • Emergency Medical Personnel

  • Pre-K – 12th Grade Teachers


People Struggling with Hardship:

  • You Live In An Area That Was Affected By A Hurricane, Wildfire, Or Any Other Natural Disaster;

  • Illness;

  • Aging Out Of Foster Care;

  • Disability;

  • Surviving Spouse Of A Military Member Or Public Protector.

Application Process:
Once we receive your application we will review your information and contact you within 14 business days.  You may be asked to provide additional information (including, but not limited to the following):

  • Proof of Identity

  • Proof of Military Service

  • Proof of Disability

  • Signed Authorization to Release Information

Steps To Become An Approved Builder

Become A Tiny Home Builder Partner With Operation Tiny Home

Become A Sponsor Of Operation Tiny Home  Welcome Home Down Payment Assistance Grant ProgramLearn More Here!

Gabrielle Rapport

Gabrielle Rapport is the Founder and Executive Director of Operation Tiny Home, a national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life with dignity through custom, high-quality tiny housing solutions, and empowerment training programs.

Operation Tiny Home is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life with dignity through custom high-quality tiny housing solutions and empowerment training programs. We are grateful to our rapidly growing base of volunteers and many partners including Milwaukee Tool, Wells Fargo Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, and many others.


Additional National Operation Tiny Home Programs Include:

Building A Better Future for Veterans – Tiny Home Building Workshops,
Dignity Housing for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives,
Tool Distribution for Tiny Housing Community Development and Empowerment Training Initiatives,
Disaster Relief – Tiny Homes to Support Rebuild Efforts




Affordable Housing

From Zack Giffin Facebook Page

A fascinating thing has been happening. Tiny Homes and Moveable Homes, are finally starting to be included in top level conversations about developing solutions to the housing crisis. Advancements in construction techniques have demonstrated how homes can be built more efficiently, with higher quality standards and at far lower cost when they are built at a remote and controlled environment. The same regulatory hurdles that obstruct Tiny Homes on wheels, are limiting all sorts of new construction technologies that are also built modularly and meant for transport. While the country is in a massive affordable housing crisis we need to rethink zoning laws that impede the ability of the private sector to utilize new technologies to solve the problem. We can dump massive amounts of federal funding into building subsidized housing but nothing will have a greater effect on affordable housing than adjusting our outdated building and zoning codes. We have an industry ready to provide solutions, we have a society desperate for answers, all it takes is some common sense reform and amazingly that is an idea with increasing bipartisan support.

I think the current shift in momentum is the result of a movement of people who have been patiently committed to engaging in informative conversations and have maintained motivation despite long years of resistance. Up and down the west coast, tiny home friendly legislation has been passed and all of the recent zoning changes have truly taken years of exhaustive negotiation. As more and more changes happen it feels fantastic to be part of a tribe of people dedicated to advocating for laws that allow intentionally simplistic living. During this journey I have met many inspiring and passionate tiny house people and we have all contributed to the progress. Yet, some people deserve special recognition and few people have dedicated more of their time and done more to open minds than the producers of this video – Tiny House Expedition. I am truly lucky to call these two friends and we are all lucky that they are part of this special community.

If you are interested in following the progress of the tiny home movement or help us gain legal traction, go follow Tiny House Expedition’s YouTube page!

Zack Giffin Has Joined Our Board Of Directors!

Dr. Ben Carson

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Innovative Housing Showcase Opening Remarks
Washington, D.C., National Mall, June 1, 2019

Welcome, everyone, to the inaugural Innovative Housing Showcase!

he Purpose Of The Showcase: Increasing Affordability and Resiliency

What brings this incredible array of pioneers together this week is a joint mission to educate and inform America’s national conversation on housing policy. We believe the best way to galvanize people and policymakers toward a powerful vision of the future is to place that vision right in front of them – and show them what is truly possible.

The Showcase features state-of-the-art building technologies and housing solutions that can make home ownership  more affordable for American families, and homes more resilient during natural disasters. In addition, there will be a wide array of exhibitions, prototype homes, panel discussions, and policy conversations with leaders across the housing industry over this five-day event.

Article Source Hud.Gov

Executive Order Establishing a White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing

These regulatory barriers impede our Nation’s economic growth. Hardworking American families struggle to live in markets where there is an insufficient supply of housing — even in markets generating a significant number of jobs. One recent study suggests that certain regulatory restrictions on housing supply have forced workers to live far away from high-productivity areas with the best available jobs, creating a geographic misallocation of labor between cities that may have decreased the annual economic growth rate in the United States by 36 percent between 1964 and 2009.

Article Source White House. Gov

Affordable Housing Efforts Threaten RV Industry May 23th, 2019

In an effort to increase affordable housing, some policymakers across the country have begun to look to tiny homes as a solution. Unfortunately, these efforts have led some legislators, officials and other interest groups to attempt to co-opt RV and PMRV standards and definitions to use them for permanent-use tiny home standards. Washington state was the most active in this effort this year.

Although both NFPA 1192 and ANSI A119.5 specifically state that these standards are for temporary-use vehicles, bills in Washington would have incorrectly defined all types of RVs and used the RV and PMRV standards to define permanent structures.

Article Source RVIA News