Charlotte Sapwell’s tiny home is sparking bigger ideas to make real change to Ballarat’s homeless crisis.
City of Ballarat youth councillors had been exploring medium-term housing for the city’s young people in a sustainable youth housing hub until they learned about the $13,000 tiny home Charlotte crafted from a disused site office in her grandfather’s backyard.
Their recommendations to the City and community about the issue shifted.
A former youth councillor, Charlotte Sapwell’s perfect life crumbled in the space of two years. She found her self a young, single mum to two boys and sleeping on her parents’ couch. In April, her grandfather’s “tiny” idea and her determined do-it-yourself renovations started to capture national attention.
Youth councillor Hayley Ryan said homelessness was a complex issue and there was no one-size-fits-all solution, but greater awareness was a vital step.
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