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Tiny houses could solve homeless problem

Tiny Houses To Solve Big Problem

It appears as if tiny homes could be the solution to a very big problem.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is preparing to endorse the construction of a number of 192 square foot houses on publicly owned land to help curb the homeless population in the city. The homes, designed by TECHDWELL, would cost between $250 to $350 per month for individuals, with laundry and other amenities on site. Residents making between $5,000 to $15,000 per month could easily afford to rent them.

A Multnomah County chairwoman told Oregon Live, "Before people can get back on their feet and take advantage of job training and drug and alcohol counseling, they need a place to live. This helps accomplish that."

The project is a big step from the mayor who was criticized back in February for attempting to clear out homeless campsites. In fact a crowd of portland residents protested the crackdown with lit torches.

Mayor Hales is said to be "infatuated" with this idea.

Tiny home communities have been successful in states like New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, and have improved the lives of countless homeless residents.

The city's mayor hopes the first micro community will be in place by next February.

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Jon August 26 2014 at 5:53 AM

"Residents making between $5,000 to $15,000 per month could easily afford to rent them" Holy crap I guess so. If I was making $15000 a month I could maybe even BUY one of them! LMAO

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Donald Schuler August 26 2014 at 6:09 AM

Who are these people making $5 to $15 grand a month ,that are homeless and living under a bridge ? One could camp in New York's Central Park for that kind of income ,and eat in the finest restaurants surrounding the park .

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IRISHMACHMAN7 August 26 2014 at 7:48 AM

in a couple of years it will be a shack dump

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rom7725 August 26 2014 at 6:59 AM

'mssmith6791,' what makes you think that because these people are destitute that they are "low lifes?" I'm sure there are 'many' that may not suffer these unfortunate circumstances, but nevertheless ARE "low lifes." Having means don't make any one of us better than the next person. Look around, many folks are in financial straits that never thought they'd be. Take care, you could be next. No one knows who the next 'bullet' is targeting. Don't be cocky, but do have a great day!

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jcollina August 26 2014 at 6:23 AM

Makes good sense. We have been destroying the middle class for the last 20 years. It is this type of solution or shanty towns found in many third-world countries.

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JohnBoydStrother jcollina August 26 2014 at 7:57 AM

It has a composting toilet, not hooked up to the sewers. like how many people are going to dump what has composted in the toilet?

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jcrttt jcollina August 26 2014 at 8:06 AM

People are poor because they spend as much or more than they MAKE , not because of what others do or HAVE.

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JohnBoydStrother August 26 2014 at 7:46 AM

Just another trailer park with a lot smaller units.

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wmcbhere JohnBoydStrother August 26 2014 at 3:08 PM

hey I live in a trailer park, 10 years, now we keep them nice

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gramargo wmcbhere August 26 2014 at 9:35 PM

And I'd bet that this place would have management to make sure that it was well kept up, because it would be the city's property.
Our town has a place set up on the edge of town with small dome type houses for people who have been homeless. They pay rent and have a "council" of residents who are in charge of seeing that everyone follows the rules....they have set up these rules themselves, and can oust those who don't behave. They very seldom have problems, though a few times the police have had to come by. It's been there for several years, and seems to be working out pretty well.

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Brandon LeGore wmcbhere August 27 2014 at 3:05 AM

To gramargo, That sounds like the Amish...

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bubblesbjm August 26 2014 at 8:15 AM

IT IS $5,000. TO $15,000. PER YEAR!!
whomever did this reporting misprinted

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Amanda bubblesbjm August 27 2014 at 3:23 AM

I agree! if I made 5,000 a month I would be making payments on a modest 3 bed one bath house in Mesa AND have some savings

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msmith6791 August 26 2014 at 6:13 AM

You have NO IDEA what low life will live in these homes and what they will do to the greater neighborhood.

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C.J. August 26 2014 at 6:02 AM

Whoever is responsible for reporting or writing this article needs more coffee. 5k-15k per month? Are they 192 sq. ft or 99?

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ecu424 August 26 2014 at 12:14 PM

Take the tiny houses and shove them up your asphalt.

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