11/12 “I didn’t realize there were so many restrictions — only option is putting it back where it was”

 Kathy Rose has a tiny house but nowhere yet to call home;.

Kathy Rose has a tiny house but nowhere yet to call home; current zoning rules are a barrier to the low-cost houses.

When Kathy Rose was evicted last June from the house where she had lived for 35 years, she found herself in a likely predicament.

“I looked for housing for three or four months, and there was just none that I could afford,” she said in a conversation with the Gazette this week. “There was a list of 200 people for elderly housing. I knew I wasn’t going to get right in there.”

She had read about tiny houses, a growing trend across the country, and when she saw an ad for one in Tisbury she decided to take a chance.

With its wooden porch and single gable roof, the house looks like something from the Camp Ground in Oak Bluffs. But at only 144 square feet, and on wheels, it violates building and zoning regulations across the Island, so it has been sitting unused on a trailer in Tisbury since March.

“I didn’t realize there were so many restrictions,” Ms. Rose said. “It seems like the only option I have is putting it back where it was.”

Read more: http://www.mvgazette.com/news/2015/11/12/it-house-tiny-home-trend-catches?

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Elaine Walker