The parking lot of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside was full within an an hour of the Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA) Tiny House Expo, held Saturday. Cars parked on the narrow shoulder of Jacoby Creek Road as people walked onto the church grounds to take in music, eat a free meal, attend panels on housing in Humboldt and clamber in and out of the tiny houses set up on the lawn.
The expo, put on by AHHA, was meant to demonstrate what a tiny home village would look like. AHHA has proposed an eco-village modeled on a similar project in Eugene, Oregon, to address the estimated 1,300 people currently homeless in Humboldt County, many of whom camp in greenbelt areas. Although the event was free, the organization took donations and also auctioned off two tiny homes. One went for $3,000 and another $750, a price that covered the total cost of building the donated homes. More than 300 people attended the event.
“It’s amazing,” said AHHA board member Edie Jessup. “I think it speaks to a high level of interest.”