Fighting homelessness, one tiny roof at a time

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    Want to make big moves in the fight against homelessness? Think small.

    Community groups across the country are turning the popular micro-housing movement from trendy housing to permanent home for those who haven't had one in a long time.

    In August, Portland, Oregon, announced plans to move forward with a plan by Techdwell co-founder Tim Cornell to build a village of tiny houses with a kitchen, bathroom and convertible couch/bed specifically for low-income residents. The homes would cost about $12,000 total to build and $250 to $350 to rent each month.

    But it's not just in Portland, which is the hotbed of tiny housing activity: Organizations in Greensboro, North Carolina; Newfield, New York; Madison, Wisconsin; and Austin, Texas are working on similar projects that will put hundreds of small roofs over people's heads.

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    Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling book author and founder of Best Money Moves, an employee benefit program that helps reduce financial stress. She also owns ThinkGlink.com, where readers can find real estate and personal finance resources.