Lara Brooks, director Chicago Youth Storage Initiative, a PFF-backed project, was a moderator at the recent Tiny Homes Summit in Chicago. Lara facilitated a panel of youth homeless service providers, who discussed the realities of how young people might experience life in a tiny home community, and what the considerations should be for this population. As moderator, Lara led conversation on how the tiny homes movement fits in with other programs serving homeless youth - such at the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative.
The Tiny Homes Summit was held April 18-19 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was organized by The Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Windy City Times. The summit included topics such as financing, housing as HIV prevention, public policy issues, and creating strategies for developing a tiny homes community for youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Experts from around the country also shared their experiences creating tiny home communities.