Tiny Homes Fighting Big Issues

September 18, 2017

One city’s government is offering to build tiny homes in homeowners' backyards to help combat homelessness. 

Many cities have a homeless population they wish to help, and everyone deserves a comfortable living arrangement. Fortunately Portland, Ore. may have an innovative solution. The city is now helping to move families from shelters to tiny homes in an effort to reduce the rise in homelessness. Current homeowners can receive a free tiny home—built on their property—if they allow a homeless family to live there for five years. Then they can rent out the house or use it as they wish at no cost. The purpose of this project is to help prevent families from staying in shelters for extended periods of time. Local government officials hope to create strong ties among current residents and lower income families and single parents through this novel initiative.