Portland church builds tiny houses in parking lot to help homeless people

Multnomah County

Bridgeport United Church of Christ will have 10 units in its parking lot

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Northeast Portland church sees its own parking lot as a solution to help the city’s homeless crisis. 

Construction is underway on a 10-unit housing village at the Bridgeport United Church of Christ on Northeast 76th Avenue. 

The church is working with the non-profit Beavon PDX to build micro-units and provide services. 

“So much about this work is about building relationships and restoration of community. It’s not just about housing. And so, some of the residents have been helping to build the site and have been involved in the process and we look forward to having them here,” said Rev. Tara Wilkins. 

The church is allowed to build the tiny homes because of Oregon House Bill 2006 that overrides a city law passed in April called the Shelter to Housing Continuum. The city law relaxed zoning restrictions to allow more housing and shelter options, like tiny houses, within 25 feet of neighboring residential properties. HB 2006 allows “siting of qualifying emergency shelters by qualifying entities notwithstanding land use laws and regulations.”

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