COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A nonprofit in northern Idaho is urging city officials to consider building a village of tiny houses to help keep some people warm through winter.

News sources report that similar projects have been erected in Seattle and other major cities. The homes are about the size of a bedroom and will have electricity.

Gar Mickelson, the homeless outreach coordinator for Heritage Health in Coeur d'Alene, says volunteers have already built a model 96-square-foot home to help start discussions about the project.

The idea has already received support from local churches and business. However, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White says a homeless village could cause public safety concerns.

Mickelson is still looking for a possible location and is planning on holding several community meetings about the project.