On May 28, 2015, Citizens Bank, Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone launched the Citizens Tiny House Experiment, kicking off the construction of two tiny houses in Cleveland’s EcoVillage neighborhood. The tiny house movement is a national trend toward living smaller and more efficiently.

The Citizens Tiny House Experiment is a housing pilot project and an exploration of the viability of affordable, sustainable housing focusing on small scale living (around 600 ft2) as a means to living better. Through social media platforms and community engagement, the Citizens Tiny House Experiment will explore cutting edge housing models that redefine sustainable lifestyle choices for citizens of diverse ages and incomes, forging new paths to homeownership. Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) will complete predevelopment studies to locate a tiny house in the EcoVillage neighborhood of Cleveland.

The partnership will engage the community in a discussion of the uses and design of tiny houses for simplified living in smaller houses than the typical American home, often between 250 and 800 square feet. The project will explore potential tiny house uses, including aspects such as sustainability, affordability, downsizing and seniors aging in place. The partnership will then build two tiny houses as part of the EcoVillage urban neighborhood in Detroit Shoreway on Cleveland’s near west side. The multi-home lot is located on W. 58th & Pear Avenue, north of Lorain and south of Bridge.

Citizens Bank and Citizens Charitable Foundation provided $140,000 in funding for project design, community engagement and the construction of the first tiny house.

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About the Collaboration Partners


Citizens Bank

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the oldest and largest financial services firms in the United States. Citizens Bank understands that a good bank is at the heart of the community and that investing in our communities enriches us all. By partnering with local non-profit organizations, Citizens Bank builds vital connections to help communities prosper. That has always been part of our culture – and an important part of our plan to grow.


Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

DSCDO’s vision is to act as a catalyst for community building resulting in a diverse, sustainable and desirable neighborhood. Its mission is to make the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood the premier lakefront community in Northeast Ohio while also assisting low-to-moderate-income individuals and families, creating a socially and economically diverse neighborhood. Learn More »

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Cleveland EcoVillage

The Cleveland EcoVillage was founded through an innovative partnership involving nonprofit organizations, the city, the regional transit authority, private developers, and neighborhood residents. It is a nationally recognized and celebrated demonstration project that showcases best practices in green building, transit-oriented design, urban agriculture and societal inter-dependence. Learn More »