Most of us tend to associate the tiny-house phenomenon more with hipsters than with the homeless, but the architectural trend may offer a way to help people on the streets get back on their feet. The Guardian recently took a look at Eugene, Oregon’s Opportunity Village, a sustainable community of 30 transitional homes for homeless people, where each dwelling clocks in at just 60 square feet. It’s not the only development of its kind, as Andrew Heben, the man behind the project, observed in his recent book Tent City Urbanism. In the past few years, temporary dwellings for the homeless have been installed in cities across the United States, from Los Angeles to Madison, Wisconsin. That many of them are unique illustrates the important role that smart, efficient design can play in helping to improve the quality of life for those in need.