A primary goal of Tiny Homes Foundation's is to develop a model that may be scaled and adapted by Government, private or not-for-profit organisations. 

As we journey through the stages of each tiny home project we will detail our experience. Some of the obstacles include: navigating the planning codes; legislative requirements; insurance covers; fostering pro-bono relationships; partner agency agreements; off-grid vs grid builds; construction pitfalls; project management plans; and that's all ... before a tiny house can become a tiny home!

We can testify, that there is genuine enthusiasm around Australia for using tiny homes as a genuine solution to homelessness. Many are keen to see similar projects evolve to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in their community. Our discussions with partner agencies whose expertise is in property management and human services will progress throughout the build process. As a team, we will profile each project, consult with the local community and, at the earliest opportunity, involve a resident in the building of their own tiny home. Once they have moved in, continuing support will be provided via a partner agency to enable the best possible outcome for each tiny-homer.

We are currently crowdfunding for our second project – Tiny Home Project for Women and Children

Our Gosford pilot project timeline:



Concept presentation to Gosford City Council


Land options were reviewed with consideration of: zoning; access; location to services; and character of the area.


Gosford City Council Councillors unanimously approved a two year lease for two properties: 25 Racecourse Road, Gosford and 50 Neera Road, Umina Beach


Tiny home design, architectural plans, site concept plan, landscape plan were developed by NBRS Architecture


25 Racecourse Road, Gosford surveyed by Chase Burke and Harvey.


DA for 25 Racecourse Road lodged with Gosford City Council


DA approved for Australia’s first urban tiny home project for the homeless


Hunter TAFE develop a Tiny Home Build Course


WFTD (Work for the Dole) program #1 start date at The Skills Generator workshop West Gosford


TAFE Outreach Tiny Home Build Course start date


Section 96 submitted for site plan revision to avoid building over the sewer main, tree removal and tiny home roof/dimension revision.


Section 96 approved


Construction Certificate received


Onsite works and WFTD program #2 begin


Water, sewer and electrical connections and footings complete


Sub floor, frames and roofs complete


Fitout of home #4 and laundry completed


Solar installation completed


Fitout completed for remaining homes and lounge


Leveling and turfing completed


Safety rails completed


Fencing completed


Project launch and Open Day


Paving completed


Planting and landscaping (sans veggie beds) complete


Lease signed, residents MOVE IN!


Five months in and residents are sustaining their leases and settling in.

Typically, this was a long build but we had some pretty lofty goals. The two things that primarily slowed progress were the difficult access to the site which meant all materials had to be walked on and; given the project's uniqueness it was challenging demonstrating compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act,  ... but we got there in the end!

How to replicate a similar project?

From our experience to date, a project can be separated into five stages. They are:
STAGE 1 • Pre-Planning
STAGE 2 • Planning and Development (3 – 6 months)
STAGE 3 • Pre-Construction (1 – 3 months)
STAGE 4 • Construction Off/On-Site (6 – 9 months)
STAGE 5 • Tenancy/Property Management

Click to launch our Replicator Program guide  – its focus is STAGE 1 • Pre-planning – Council endorsement, land and funding. 

If you would like to establish a similar project to our pilot in Gosford, complete as much of the Replicator Program guide as you can and email it to [email protected]. We'll then be able to consider how we might collaborate in order to progress your project and importantly support your endeavours to solve homelessness.