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Tiny Houses should be ready and occupied for winter

Posted: Updated: Nov 20, 2014 10:36 PM

MADISON (WKOW) – Members of Occupy Madison said they're hoping the tiny houses they've been building on the city's east side will be occupied within days.

The organization bought a plot of land at 304 N. Third Street, in Madison, in May.

The land currently houses two tiny homes. Each one is 99 square feet and both are almost completely constructed.

But occupants cannot move into the small homes until the City of Madison signs off on a final permit. Occupy Madison member Allen Barkoff said he hopes that will happen in the coming days.

Occupy Madison has office space on the property, in a central building that also houses communal bathrooms and showers.

Occupy volunteers are also working to build an additional bathroom, kitchen area, and community room to go along with a planned expansion. The property is expected to eventually house nine, tiny houses.

Keith Valiquette, who is currently living in his truck, is expecting to move into one of the two, available tiny houses on Occupy Madison's property.

Valiquette said he's excited to be leaving behind a nomadic lifestyle.

“It's going to be fantastic,” he said.

Valiquette said the tiny houses offer a warm shelter from the harsh, Wisconsin winter. He said the homeless often have to rely on spending their days in public buildings, like city hall or a library. Valiquette said the tiny houses are well insulated. He also said those on Occupy Madison's property can connect to the central power supply for electricity.

“I just hope we expand this and it will be a new path out of homelessness for a lot of people,” Valiquette said.

Here is more on how people get a tiny house.

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