Package tiny homes and gardens

Bob Schlueter | Business Analyst, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise

The Idea: Des Moines is making progress on tiny houses (Joppa, etc.) and refugee gardens (LSS, etc.). We should package these initiatives together with urban planning efforts to repurpose blight areas around the city with “transition-oriented communities” that could be a visible focus on our community’s values and compassion – tiny homes and gardens. As much as possible, let the residents and volunteers manage the infrastructure and beautification, but provide support for not just the practical food and shelter but also some allowance and spaces for art, community events and live music. Move people from the shadows and facilitate integration. >