The city of Portland, Oregon, is welcoming the concept of tiny homes with its Miniature Housing Project. The Miniature Housing Project is a campaign wherein miniature homes will be constructed to provide accommodation for the vagrant. This construction will be carried out on public land and will be open to low-income residents.
The project is a move towards equality for the homeless. Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury explained, "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."
So far, the results have been encouraging. Other cities like Wisconsin, New York and Texas which are facing the same problem have been inspired by the strategy, which leaves residents worry-free about accommodation. Betty Ybarra, a formerly destitute woman from Wisconsin, has benefited from the Miniature Housing Project herself. "It's exciting. I've never owned my own house," she told NBC.
The entire strategy is a collaboration between Micro Community Concepts, an NGO and TechDwell, a company exclusively working on micro-home designs. It is inclusive of 25 housing units, and covers laundry, administrative services and other amenities present on-site. The rent for Miniature Housing Project homes is estimated at $250 to $350 per month for rent.