Portlandia: County offers ‘incentives’ to homeowners to host tiny houses for the homeless

Portlandia: County offers ‘incentives’ to homeowners to host tiny houses for the homeless
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[Ed. – Apparently, the only “incentive” is that the county builds the tiny house for you.  At the end of five years, you have…a tiny house on your property.  (It probably won’t have a Vietnam Service ribbon depicted on it, unless someone just gets creative; our feature image is from another story.)  I have a bad feeling about this one.  Definitely in the “What could go wrong?” category.]

With more than $300,000 and volunteer homeowners, Multnomah County has a new idea to fight homelessness: Build tiny houses in people’s backyards and rent them out to families with children now living on the street.

The homeowners would pay nothing for the construction. They would become landlords and maintain the units for homeless families for five years.

Then the tiny houses would become theirs to do with what they want. If the homeowners break the contract before then, they pay the cost of construction. …

Four tiny houses are tentatively scheduled to launch this June at $75,000 apiece, with the hope for up to 300 accessory dwelling units as they’re known in the next year if the first ones work out.

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