Madison aims at more housing for homeless

CREATED Jan 4, 2014

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 MADISON (AP) -- Madison officials are working to get the city more housing for the homeless.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Occupy Madison, Inc. hopes to buy a parcel of land so it can build "tiny houses" for the homeless and then park eight to 10 of the houses there.

The 98-square-foot houses have a roof, insulated walls, a compost toilet and sink and are on wheels. Currently, a tiny house parked on a Madison street must be moved every day or two.

The city's Community Development Authority, meanwhile, is assembling a site for a housing project with 50 to 60 efficiency units and case management services for homeless residents.

Local aldermen have expressed concern about both sites, but details of both proposals are still being worked out.