Tiny house for the homeless…

Hello and happy hump day!  How’s your week going so far?  Mine is good!  Busy getting back into the swing of things after spring break but other than that it’s going great.  As mentioned previously, I have a few articles on tiny houses that I found recently – which, of course, happen to be from Oregon. =)

The first article, which I think are the same structures that I saw when I was in Portland this winter (find the post here), discusses how tiny houses in people’s backyards can help with the homeless issue.  If you didn’t know, Portland has a big homeless population, which is sad but honestly Oregon is such a great place to live with a somewhat mild climate that I don’t blame them for choosing Oregon.


Click here to read the article from the Oregonian (Portland newspaper).  There’s also a slideshow with the pictures (similar to the ones I took this winter).  In case you don’t want to read the article this is my summary: the county of Multnomah proposes to construct tiny houses in residences backyards to give homeless individuals a roof over their head.  The building is free for the homeowners if they allow and open the tiny house to the homeless for 5 years.  After 5 years the structure is then the homeowners, however, if the lease is broken before the 5 year time commitment then the homeowner must pay for the structure.   The article goes on to explain more about this plan but do you think it would help the homeless situation? On another note, if it was legal to have an accessory dwelling unit (ie, a tiny home) in your backyard – not specifically for the homeless – would you do it?  I’m curious to know your thoughts on this as parking a tiny house (legally) is a huge issue not just for me but for all those tiny house dwellers out there.

Have a great Wednesday and I look forward to reading your thoughts on this topic.

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