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. ”
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.
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.
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.”
Fresno Tiny Home Expo: THIA Is Advocating For You!
Dan Joined four board members at the recent Tiny Home Expo including, Zack Giffin, host of Tiny Home Nation, Alexis Stephens, co-founder of Tiny House Expedition, Lindsay Wood, tiny home consultant from Dreamer to Dweller and Alex Ontiveros, Vice President of Pacific West Tiny Homes.
THIA’s Initiatives And Goals
With our eyes on the future,
THIA supports the expansion of tiny home acceptance by
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.
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.
Note: Please due your own due diligence and check with the county and city you want to live in yourself.
Tiny House Expedition
Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons are documentary filmmakers, educators and advocates on an extraordinary ‘Journey with a Purpose’ with our DIY tiny home on wheels.
As co-founders of Tiny House Expedition, we seek to inspire others to redefine home and rethink housing through thought-provoking storytelling, resource sharing, and educational events. Humbly, we have the world’s most traveled tiny house on wheels. Our documentary work includes the acclaimed three-part educational series, Living Tiny Legally.
The American Tiny House Association ( ATHA ) is on the forefront of the knowledge of where to live legally and are the movers and the shakers of the industry, advocating for the legalization of tiny home living Nationwide.
The Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins Blog features vetted legal places to live from tiny home villages, RV Parks, Workcamping opportunities, backyard rentals, land for sale and deeded lots in RV resorts that are tiny home friendly. Please contact Janet Thome to have your community featured and listed.
Try It Tiny: Rent A Tiny House: Find Tiny House Parking
Try It Tiny connects people to give them the opportunity to rent a tiny house or share their land with tiny house enthusiasts nationwide. Become part of a growing community by renting a tiny house or parking your tiny house on hosts’ properties.
Craigslist is a great resource for finding tiny home parking. Look under parking and storage, rentals, land for sale and often barter. You can also put your desire for parking under wanted in the housing section.
Instead of throwing your money away leasing a lot. Buy a deeded lot. It is usually all ready set up for an RV- so it is perfect for a park model or tiny home. Another plus is year around living is allowed.
The Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ) has been working behind the scenes and is establishing a new board of directors. Stay tuned for some very exciting familiar faces that will be added to the board in the coming weeks!
We are in the process of relaunching our online presence. It will be a work in progress.
Who We Are and Why We Formed:
We are a unique collaboration of home builders, community developers, certification agencies, tiny home enthusiasts, and sustainable energy professionals who believe that a new “Housing Renaissance” is on the horizon that emphasizes debt-free living and energy sustainability for all.
What We Do For Our Members:
THIA addresses the contradictory world of construction standards, real estate zoning, and municipal ordinances that make up the myriad of rules and regulations that have made owning and living in a Tiny Home… well… complicated!
THIA aims to sort-out and streamline regulatory roadblocks and out-dated community building rules to:
· Create sustainable “Adaptable Community Codes” for the creation of innovative Tiny Home Communities.
· Develop “Sustainable Building Standards” that can unify and codify the quality of Tiny Homes built across a wide base of builders to meet health, safety, and energy efficiency standards.
At this time, all levels of membership will be free as we are reforming our board members, efforts and direction.
THIA And ATHA
The Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and the American Tiny House Association ( ATHA) are associates and have agreed to have different focuses to move the legalization of tiny homes forward. The Tiny Home Industry Association will focus on standards development and one of the prime objectives is to become an ANSI Standards Developer for the tiny home industry.
THIA aims to protect the safety of tiny home enthusiasts and industry professionals by recommending and setting standards for the quality of construction of tiny housing structures on foundation and on wheels, including interior, framing, exterior, utilities, and attachment to trailers.
ATHA will focus on the promotion of local building and zoning regulation that allow tiny homes as a valid form of residential housing.
To gather and provide information regarding the building of, and dwelling in, tiny houses
To promote a healthy social and political environment conducive to tiny house building and dwelling
To educate members regarding tiny house quality & safety.
To network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, development organizations, and private industry to address these stated purposes.
ATHA volunteers across the country are helping craft the tiny friendly ordinances that your community needs too.
Thank You ATHA
We cannot thank ATHA enough for their years of service and progress that they have accomplished for the tiny home industry.
Together We Are The Movement: The More We Organize, The Stronger We Become