Progressives in the North West to begin Project Beautiful

You know the saying, “There goes the neighborhood.”

 

What else should the do with FEMA monies burning holes in their pockets?

Oregonians are noted for their progressive take on life, and like virtually all ideas that are spun from their minds, little consequences is paid to the long-term consequences.

Did the city council change the zoning laws?

What about those who live in a neighborhood and don’t want their neighborhoods filled with what would be essentially wooden tent cities?

Tree huggers can be easily found among them, just take a hike in the woods.

 

“Exposing the incompetence of government one article at a time.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler went on a brief tour of the Kenton Neighborhood Tiny Home Pilot houses in Northeast Portland Tuesday afternoon.

The tour was held in advance of Wednesday’s meeting of the Kenton Neighborhood Association to vote on a Good Neighbor Agreement, which would allow for the houses to be placed in the neighborhood, a move the mayor supports. March 7, 2017

 

Noticeably absent in the article below was any mention of the Mayor or those on his city council building these lovely little cottages in their own back yards.

 

Here’s a sensible idea, from Mt. Hood Oregon, why not place all these little homes in a trailer park setting?

The Oregonian

March 18, 2017

 

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.

The project would put the 8-month-old joint homeless office – a shared effort between the county and Portland, in the housing business while offering an innovative, if so far small-scale, way to chip away at Portland’s affordable housing shortage.

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.

The Multnomah County Idea Lab, a 2-year-old office focused on using out-of-the-box thinking to create public policy, combined tactics of the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a county weatherization program to come up with the plan.

 

 

The tiny houses would help fill the need for low-income housing before the recently passed Portland housing bond and private developers can build the 24,000 units that studies say the city needs to stem its housing crisis.

“Those units are not going to come online for another two to three years and they’re really expensive to build in some cases,” said lab director Mary Li. “We have people on the street now.”

Supporters hope to be able to reduce the cost per house if the project expands, but the price tag is still cheaper than government-funded shelter beds per year. A family of four costs $32,000 a year to house and help in a shelter.

That same family could be supported in one of the pilot project’s tiny houses for $15,000 a year during the five-year contract.

Once in the tiny houses, the families will plug into existing county services, including a mobile team that helps people stay in their homes after experiencing homelessness. That includes resolving disputes with landlords, helping manage unexpected expenses and job help.

Meyer Memorial Trust and the joint city-county homeless office are contributing $175,000 each to the pilot program.

If the county decides to expand the project, Li and her team would return to city and county officials to ask for more money.

So far, the idea has Mayor Ted Wheeler’s support, as well as the county’s.

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If you want to join the program, visit enhabit.org/adu for more details and to sign up for updates.

“When I talk to Portlanders, they often ask me what they can do to help address the homelessness situation. Most want to volunteer time or donate resources, but some really want to do more,” Wheeler said. “This pilot is a great way to test whether partnerships between homeowners, government and those experiencing homelessness can work.”

Wheeler is under pressure to produce results to help homeless people after campaigning on that platform. He also wants to move away from allowing people to live on the streets or in tents.

City and county officials also supported an alternative shelter idea that relies on the tiny house model in the Kenton neighborhood, where 14 “sleeping pods” are going — just big enough for a homeless person to sleep in and store belongings. The Kenton project will be for women and last a year, when advocates and officials will figure out whether to expand it.

In that case, the city wanted neighborhood buy-in and won approval from the Kenton Neighborhood Association. But in this case, Portland already has a rental accessory dwelling unit policy.

The neighborhood association voted 178 to 75 in favor of a village of 14 tiny houses for homeless women. It is the first one initiated by the city.

“This is really just rental housing as any rental housing would be,” said joint office director Marc Jolin. “It’s a family that is going to be renting, so I don’t expect this will be a situation that would cause significant concern for neighborhoods.”

Jolin said the joint office has heard the community calling for the government to get smarter and more creative on how to deal with the homeless population. This project shares that burden with the private and nonprofit sector.

Jolin expects most of the families will want to move on quickly from the tiny houses, which would be about 200 square feet, with bunkbeds for the kids and water, sanitation and plumbing. If they move out before the five-year contract is up, a new family will move in.

But there’s no time limit how long they can stay. Once the units revert to a landlord’s ownership, homeless service providers will find a new place for families if the owners choose not to rent to them anymore.

Willamette Week first reported plans for the experiment earlier this week.

The Idea Lab acknowledges that the details are in flux now, with more to figure out, such as how the family will be expected to contribute to the costs of living there and possible tax abatements for the landlords.

But Li said the venture is part of coming at the problem from a different perspective than how government usually works — a necessity, she said, considering that the homeless crisis is only worsening.

Multnomah County surveyed nearly 4,000 people without permanent housing in 2015, and advocates and officials expect that number to be the same, if not more, when the results of 2017’s homeless count arrive in the next months.

“I don’t think anyone of us feels like we can rest on our laurels,” Li said. “It has not ended and we can do more. Everyone can do more.”

 

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3 thoughts on “Progressives in the North West to begin Project Beautiful

  1. Lovely! All the nice homeowners in Portland with enough property to park one or more of these (mobile-I see wheels!) homes on their lot for lo income people sounds like it ought to be an instant hit for all the leftroids who think govt. should provide affordable housing for everyone..
    This actually gives them opportunity to live among those they want to help!!! Maybe they will
    also enjoy knocks on the door to borrow
    a few eggs, do laundry, need a ride somewhere.. Oh what a great idea!!!! Sheesh! Wonder if pets are allowed in there?! LOL Great idea to help the homeless.. Truth be known, they might not want to live in the backyards of Moonbat Melons!

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    • Let the Progressives put them on their property. If they do, it will go over as well as what happened during the Michael Bloomberg era in New York City.

      Middle class New Yorkers attempting to flee the ghettos purchased condominiums, nice right?

      Except that six months after moving in, the bubble burst in NYC leaving condos 50% vacant and so to solve the problem, building owners entered into leases with Nanny Bloomberg who filled the vacancies with homeless and Section 8 families.

      A disservice to those New Yorkers who moved away from the crime and poverty only to find that the crime and poverty followed them.

      Was fun to watch all Communist with an agenda lose their minds, though when they realized that what they’ve been advocating was now at their doorsteps. And they really began busting a gasket when they returned home to find their condos burglarized and the hallways filthy.

      I repeat, let the Progressive elites move them on to their properties.

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