Salt Lake City Offering Cash Prizes for Tiny House Designs

Salt Lake City Tiny house community

In July 2021, the city of Salt Lake announced an ambitious plan to build a massive tiny home community for its homeless. The aim is to build 400-500 small tiny houses on a former landfill on Salt Lake City’s far-west side, subject to rezoning approval.

It is a plan that has been in the works for months, but the location of the community has just recently been revealed. The village will be a permanent supportive housing development for the chronically homeless, with “services and resources to help them along the way, in a hand-up, not handout model”.

The village will be built on the 45-acre parcel former landfill, with houses between 250-400 square feet each. They will be set up in groups of 25-35 “neighborhoods,” with amenities in each.

Among the communal amenities to be built include: a small non-denominational chapel, basketball/pickleball sports court, food truck spot / coffee station, picnic area, a memorial garden for residents that pass on, a memorial garden for pets, dog park, food pantry, children’s play area, and an open lawn for active use.

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Conceptual drawing for ‘The Other Side Village’

Following plans to build this community and other future ones, the city of Salt Lake has announced a design competition for students and professionals to submit tiny house designs that can supplement the city’s efforts to provide affordable housing.

Two first-place winners will receive $1,000 and may be asked to develop the design through a separate procurement and contract process. The runner’s up will receive $500.

Registration to participate can be done on this website by September 10 and design submissions are due by October 29. The winners will be announced at an awards gala on a yet to be decided date in December, 2021.

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