The Journey to Building an Affordable Tiny House Community
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Jinkie Echols is an incredible advocate for affordable housing and the founder of Peace Wind, a successful tiny house community in Cocoa Florida. Jinkie shares her remarkable journey and the lessons she's learned along the way, from buying raw land, to getting codes and zoning changed, all the way to developing the houses and opening for business. With her experience as a builder, developer, and landlord of her own tiny house community, Jinkie has firsthand insights into the challenges and rewards of creating an affordable and diverse community. Jinkie's passion for community building and the unique perspective she brings to this male dominated field make this episode a must listen. Sit back and prepare to be inspired as we explore the world of affordable housing and tiny house communities with Jinkie Echols.

In This Episode:

  • 🏡 Out of control housing costs and land development are driving affordable housing projects towards tiny houses for cost efficiency and long-term maintenance.
  • 👩‍🔧 Jinkie discusses the challenges of being a woman in the builder, developer, and government entities sectors.
  • 💡 Benefits of living tiny such as low electric bills, spending more time outside, and intentional decision-making.
  • 👥 Building close-knit relationships, fostering organic, holistic living, and shared amenities within a tiny community.
  • 💪 How Jinkie advocated for the community, through pitching ideas to county officials and leveraging local authorities' motivations.
  • 🌎 The importance of diversity in housing options and income groups within a tiny house community.
  • ⏰ Jinkie's dedication to finding a property, going through planning and zoning processes, and dealing with infrastructure tasks.
  • 📝 As the "Queen of loopholes," Jinkie immersed herself in codes and regulations to find ways to implement plans.
  • ✨ Jinkie emphasizes the importance of having passion and determination in overcoming obstacles in community development.

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