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Tiny home companies sprout in southwest Montana amid housing crisis

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Right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Beth O’Neill, a Livingston resident, was pushed out of her rented home.

The owner of her property had decided to convert the home into a vacation rental. So, she moved in with roommates in Bozeman. Then the pandemic hit. After a rent increase, she couldn't afford her Bozeman place. She moved into a van.

“I’m a victim of the crazy housing crisis we’re in,” she said.


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The first tiny house produced by Woodland Ridge Tiny Homes is parked at its workshop in Livingston on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

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The interior of the first tiny house produced by Woodland Ridge Tiny Homes is pictured at its workshop in Livingston on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

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A horse named Gunner peeks into the Woodland Ridge Tiny Homes workshop in Livingston on Thursday.

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Rick Gilliland, left, and Cody Wood, co-owners of Woodland Ridge Tiny Homes, are photographed at their workshop in Livingston on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

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