Maple Ridge Cinema Politica looks at a solution for homelessness

Cinema Politica Ridge Meadows and the Caring Place are teaming to present the documentary film Tiny: A Story About Living Small.

Cinema Politica Ridge Meadows and the Caring Place are teaming to present the documentary film Tiny: A Story About Living Small.

The free event will tackle the question could tiny homes be a way of dealing with homelessness in Maple Ridge?

The film tells the story of Christopher Smith and his girlfriend, Merete Mueller, as they attempt to build a Tiny House, a dwelling no bigger than 200 square feet, from scratch, with no building experience.

Through the couple’s experience, the film also profiles other families who have downsized their homes.

There is a growing movement in North America toward small homes, some of which have wheels.

Reasons for this include affordability, carbon footprint reduction and the freedom to move around.

Some U.S. cities like Portland, OR, Olympia, WA, Newfield, NY, Austin, TX and Washington, DC have also been looking to tiny homes as a solution to chronic homelessness.

Special guest Darrell Pilgrim from the Salvation Army Caring Place will be taking part in the discussion.

The movie will be screened on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in council chambers at Maple Ridge municipal hall and is open to all ages.

• For more information go to www.cinemapolitica.org/ridgemeadows.