I was forced to file for bankruptcy and left without a house over my medical bills – a tiny home village was the answer

A MOTHER explained how she turned to a tiny home as a solution for her young family after she filed for bankruptcy.

Breanna Kennedy said she was nearly left without a home due to her high medical bills.

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Breanna Kennedy explained how a tiny home saved her young familyCredit: 3KSN
The mother said she was able to live in one of the properties for a short while after she filed for bankruptcy

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The mother said she was able to live in one of the properties for a short while after she filed for bankruptcyCredit: 3KSN
She said that she was nearly left without a home due to her medical bills

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She said that she was nearly left without a home due to her medical bills Credit: 3KSN

The mother, from McPherson, Kansas, around 50 miles north of Wichita, explained how she was later able to move into an apartment with her two children.

Kennedy explained that she turned to a tiny home community created by the McPherson Housing Coalition for assistance, according to NBC affiliate KSNW.

This new option was recommended to her by a friend when Kennedy fell on hard times.

She explained that she had hit a financially difficult period following an extensive surgery on her head that left her with hefty medical bills.

“I was working through surgeries, but yeah, I had employment every chance I could,” she said.

“I really don’t take off work for anything.”

The village, called Oak Harbor Cottages, meant Kennedy could easily stay with her family in the homes rather than tight and typical emergency housing.

This village was initially made up of 10 tiny homes built using community donations.

McPherson Housing Coalition said they were planning to expand and build seven new homes using a $1.2 million Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Residents are only able to stay at Oak Harbor Cottages for a maximum of 90 days, where they hopefully can move onto more permanent options.

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Kennedy said she had moved into an apartment with her children after her three-month stay.

She added that she also received a small amount of rental help after she left the tiny home community.

“I think other towns should definitely do it,” Kennedy said.

“I don’t see why other towns couldn’t if McPherson is.”

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Kennedy explained that this has especially helped her as she was also battling thyroid cancer.

“I don’t really think it can get much better than what they’re doing because they’re already continuing to do more,” she said. 

“So for a small community, they’ve exceeded expectations.”

The U.S. Sun has previously reported on other tiny home initiatives that have allowed people to live with little or no rent.

A unique tiny home community in Thonotosassa, Florida, around 15 miles northeast of Tampa, has been compared to Disneyland.

The rent for these luxury small spaces starts at just $650 a month.

This space included a gated entrance, well-kept grass, and homes with complete kitchens.

The homes at Oak Harbor Cottages allow families to stay together

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The homes at Oak Harbor Cottages allow families to stay togetherCredit: 3KSN
Residents are allowed to stay there for a maximum of 90 days

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Residents are allowed to stay there for a maximum of 90 daysCredit: 3KSN

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