In Missouri's second-largest city of St. Louis, 50 "tiny" homes will begin sheltering the area's homeless populations as early as December. Equipped with heating, air conditioning, a bed, desk, chair, shelves and electricity, the simple homes range from 80 to 96 square feet and will serve as transitional housing for four to five months at a time, as case workers help them find residents permanent shelter. The planned site for these properties is a former RV park, where showers, laundry facilities and bathrooms are already conveniently in place. City officials hope this setup can help prevent coronavirus transmission as well as provide a "stronger foundation" for homeless individuals to be able to rebuild their lives. Other US cities that have embraced the idea of small homes as a way to provide shelter for the homeless include Seattle, Detroit, Nashville and Austin.