It is no surprise that tiny homes are gradually growing in popularity in the U.S. After all, they come with great benefits such as time and money savings, portability and an opportunity for greener living.
One disadvantage, however, that tends to accompany tiny home living is finding a place to build the home. There are very few locations in the U.S. that will allow you to legally park your tiny home as a place of residence for an extended period of time. This can cause many frustrations for hopeful tiny homeowners and even professionals within the tiny home industry. This is why it is important to push for legislative changes that will provide more options and flexibility for the tiny home industry.
The American Tiny House Association is dedicated to doing just that. The ATHA’s members consists of volunteers throughout the country that are working with legislators to draft tiny-friendly ordinances in several communities.
What is the ATHA’s objective?
The ATHA declares its mission is to promote the tiny house as a viable living option so that it continues to become more widely accepted. Their ultimate goal is to support those who are seeking a more sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through tiny home living.
The ATHA bases its mission, goals and purposes around the following values:
- Affordable Lifestyle
- Formal Recognition
In addition to the overall goal of promoting tiny homes, the ATHA is also motivated by other purposes such as gathering information about the industry, advocating for a healthy lifestyle, educating members on quality and safety and networking with industry professionals.
How do I join the ATHA?
- Visit the ATHA website
- You will be directed to three membership options:
- American Tiny House Association Member - $30/year
- Corporate Member - $120/year
- Advertising Member - $240/year
- You will be prompted to enter an email address and create a username and password for the membership portal. Once you have filled all the required the fields, click PayPal Checkout.
- You will be directed to a PayPal page where you will enter all of your billing information. Once you have filled the required fields, click Pay Now.
You have completed all of the steps and you are now a member of the American Tiny House Association.
All questions and concerns regarding board membership inquiries and even general industry information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an online form which can be found on the Contact Us page on the ATHA website
For more in-depth interaction with the ATHA, consider visiting their Facebook page. It offers resources and updates that are available to the general public.
The ATHA also has a Facebook group with over 8,700 members. It does not require an approval process so all you have to do is join. Be sure to read the group’s rules and regulations to avoid removal. Members post daily about all things related to the tiny home industry such as blog posts, news articles and seminar videos.
Both the Facebook page and the group are great avenues to check out the community and offerings before becoming a member.
In many areas of the county, legislation is changing or updating to encourage homeowners to think differently about their living space. Tiny homes offer the opportunity to own a home at a fraction of the typical price and the freedom to spend time and money living a life of adventure and ease instead of upkeep and maintenance. It’s a great opportunity for trade professionals to widen the scope of their offerings to include the specific needs of tiny home owners.
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