by: Crystal Haynes, Jesse Grossi
“Since tiny houses are brand new, there’s really no law with them and the city fears that,” said Franallen Acosta.
Acosta said he wants to carve out the American dream for thousands of low-income and homeless families in the Merrimack Valley.
“I knew that early on I had to get the city involved. So I was waiting in city hall. Anybody with a suit,” he said.
Zoning laws have been an obstacle to his vision for his home city but that hasn’t stopped him. Acosta’s nonprofit Mi Casita has already received over $2,000 in grants.
“The idea is empower local people, teach ’em. And then teach them how to build their own houses and have it so that as a community we’re building; we’re sustaining our own need,” he said.
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