Tiny home sparks big push for change in tackling Ballarat youth homelessness

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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