Six tiny homes in Detroit, part of what could one day be the largest tiny home development in the city and possibly Michigan, will open their doors for a fundraiser Thursday through Saturday that will include tiny bites from renowned chef Matt Prentice.

For $75 a ticket or $100 for two people, guests will get a chance to tour the six homes built by Cass Community Social Services, just west of the Lodge Freeway at Elmhurst. At each house, guests will receive a “tiny treat” by Prentice and the Cass catering team.

The tour, called the Cass Community Social Services Tiny Homes Progressive Tour, marks the first time the public will get a chance to look inside these unique homes,which range in size from 250 to 400 square feet and have all the basic necessities, including appliances, a bed, sofa and dining table. A model unit was finished last September.

The $1.5 million project is the brainchild of the Rev. Faith Fowler, Cass’s executive director, who came up with the idea after her mother died and left her a home in northern Michigan. She realized how rarely low-income residents have an asset such as a home.

The tiny homes will all be rent-to-own over a seven-year period for qualifying residents who are low-income. Rent will be based on the home’s square footage. A 300-square foot home will be $300 a month.

“Every home is different. There are cottages, a Colonial, a Victorian, a Tutor and an environmental house – each has a distinctive feature so the residents will have a sense of pride in their home,” said Fowler in a news release.

Tours will run every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are required. Go to

Guests also will be given a soon-to-be published book by Fowler that examines the historical use of small houses in the U.S. and the use of tiny homes for poor and homeless people.

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