Portlanders offered free backyard dwelling units to house the homeless

Photo: Laura LaVoie / CC BY 2.0

Portland, Ore. – There’s already a housing problem in Portland, and now the number of families that are experiencing homelessness is at a record high.

To try to address the problem, officials in Multnomah County are seeking participants who are willing to house homeless families in “Accessory Dwelling Units” on their property.

An ADU is what some may call a mother-in-law quarters, granny flat, or tiny home (minus the wheels).

If you live in Portland, “A Place for YOU” will design and build an ADU in your backyard that will serve as rent-free housing for families for five years. After that, you become the owner with unrestricted use of the ADU.

As an additional benefit, participating residents will see no rise in their property taxes in regards to the addition of an ADU.

Learn more here: https://enhabit.org/adu/

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