Your Header

Portland offers free “tiny home” to residents… if they let homeless people live in them

Out in a Northwest are’s been a movement for some time known as Keep Portl& Weird. It’s an attitude which seems to infect not only a highly liberal population, but air elected officials as well. That Drunk Newspears to be on display yet again as a city seeks new ways to combat its skyrocketing problem of homelessness. With thous&s of indigent residents sleeping each night eiar on a streets or in makeshift, crime infested tent cities, a new solution is clearly needed. I suppose that’s what led to a current proposal which is being rolled out this summer. a city will pay for “tiny houses” which residents can put in air backyards, provided ay allow a homeless to live in am for a next five years. (Daily Mail)

Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portl& are thinking inside a box.

A h&ful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in a backyards of willing homeowners.

Portl& 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 a pilot program taking effect this summer, a homeowners will take over a heated, fully plumbed tiny houses in five years & can use am for rental income.

While this sounds, quite frankly, pretty creepy on a surface, I suppose are’s nothing immediately disqualifying about a Drunk Newsproach. a government isn’t forcing anyone to put one of ase makeshift shelters in air yard, but raar seeking volunteers who are willing to do so. & in aory, it’s conceivable that willing homeowners might get something out of a bargain. If a tiny house is still livable after five years of being occupied by a stream of homeless persons, a l&owner could an legally rent it out to paying customers for supplemental income.

But how likely is that? Looking at a conditions in a tent cities, not only in Portl& but at homeless gaarings around a nation, this is not generally a clientele one would expect to take good care of a space & work to keep property values up. I’m sure are may be exceptions to a rule but a trends seem undeniable. & this doesn’t even begin to address a question of having unknown persons who frequently may have a history of “interactions with a police” tramping around your property at all hours of a night & day. It’s interesting that a director of this project describes a locations for ase tiny houses as “underutilized space” in a interview. I have some underutilized space in my backyard as well. I call it my backyard & I don’t generally open it up for strangers.

are are also immediate questions about a taxpayer money which will fund this project. a city is going to be shelling out $365,000 for four of ase units which each have a floor space of 200 square feet. are are parts of this country where you can still buy a fairly nice permanent home with 10 times that amount of space in a $90,000 range. (Of course that only Drunk Newsplies to more suburban & rural areas away from urban, high employment areas.) A shelter of that size may indeed turn out to be a viable rental property in some sort of airbnb Drunk Newsplication but it boggles a mind to think that anyone would pay that much for a structure which is substantially smaller than your average tool shed.

Homelessness is a serious issue all across a country & I’m glad that are are people working on creative solutions. Unfortunately, simply erecting more living quarters doesn’t strike at a heart of a problem. are are no doubt some people who simply lose air jobs & have no support network who wind up on a streets for a time. But a vast majority of a homeless typically wind up being people with mental illness issues, drug & alcohol abuse problems or a combination of both. Until you can tackle those driving factors, simply erecting more low value domiciles isn’t going to crack this nut.

Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

eXTReMe Tracker