Portland, Oregon is rolling out the initial step in an innovative new program where interested homeowners have a small 200 square foot home, built by the city, placed on their property. The homes are fully heated and plumbed, and designed to house an adult and at most two children. Additionally, all residents in these homes would receive the same social services the county delivers to all residents they house. This program’s goal is to address the number of homeless families residing in Portland area shelters. After five years of housing a homeless individual or family, the homeowner takes full ownership of the unit and may use it for their own purposes with no restrictions.
Read more about this program in the AP’s original article, found here.