Portland, Oregon, has a significant homeless population. As many as 4,000 people sleep on the streets or in shelters every night, according to the city’s housing bureau.
A new initiative called A Place For You aims to help alleviate that problem. The program, created by the Multnomah County Idea Lab, will house the homeless in tiny pods in the backyards of willing homeowners.
As reported by the Associated Press, the city will pilot the project this summer with four homeless families in Multnomah County, Oregon. Approximately 200 homeowners have expressed interest in putting pods in their backyards. Those who live in the pods will pay a limited amount of rent and will receive social services the county provides to homeless families it houses.