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Council on Aging to Raffle Off Tiny House


Council on Aging to Raffle Off Tiny House

Tiny houses are being used as getaway homes, offices, “granny units,” and even shelters for the homeless. Council on Aging (COA) is utilizing one of the diminutive dwellings for another purpose: fundraising.

Tickets for COA’s first-ever “Tiny House Raffle” are now on sale for $200, and could earn a lucky ticket-holder a charming, 171-square-foot tiny house. The winner will be determined with a drawing on June 1, 2016.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company donated the plans for the compact structure (the company’s “Linden 20 Equator” model). It will soon be under construction using volunteer labor and donated materials.

When completed, the tiny house will contain one bedroom, a sleeping loft, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, a storage loft and porch. The tiny house will be mounted on a trailer and can easily be moved from place to place.

Tiny houses have been gaining in popularity over the past 10 years. They’ve been embraced by students on a budget, retired couples looking to downsize, and those who value the environmental benefit of “living tiny.”

“Council on Aging is always looking for innovative ways to supplement other funding sources for our programs serving at-risk seniors,” said Alyssa Kutzer, development director of COA. “So we are excited to leverage this new revolution in affordable housing as a fundraising opportunity,”  

Council on Aging plans to document stages in the construction process through videos, blogs and social media so readers can view the progress.

For information on how to buy tickets, go to



Tiny Homes Info Bulletin

The Information Bulletin 2016-01 on “Tiny Homes” is intended to clarify the legality of use, design and construction requirements of residential structures that may be commonly referred to as a tiny home. 

Tiny homes can be subject to a number of codes including the California Building Standards Codes, or codes and standards for recreational vehicles, park trailers, or manufactured housing. Tiny homes can also be considered nonconforming structures, in which occupancy is illegal and subject to prosecution.

Questions or concerns regarding this information bulletin may be directed to Cesar Ponce, Manufactured Housing and Factory Built-Housing Program Manager, at (916) 263-4738 or by email to

You can also find this information bulletin online at: