“Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard? Portland offers residents free tiny homes if they rent it to families who are on the street”
Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box.
A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners.
Portland officials are looking for four backyards to place its Accessory Dwelling Units, what some people may call a granny flat, or a tiny home minus wheels.
Under the pilot program taking effect this summer, the homeowners will take over the heated, fully plumbed tiny houses in five years and can use them for rental income.
‘We said to ourselves, “What does FEMA do when they have to house 10,000 people after an earthquake?” Well, they grab a bunch of trailers and they plop them in a field,’ Li said.
‘Well, there’s underutilized space in people’s backyards. What if we provide a lower-cost – but very habitable option – in people’s backyards?”
Two-hundred square foot houses are not cheap, either.
Housing officials are still ironing out many details, but they will buy the first four modular units with $365,000 in government money and a charitable donation.”
It’s easy to spend other people’s money foolishly.
More at the UK Daily Mail.