New Portland ADU program seeks homeowner participants

Enhabit and Multnomah County invite you to participate in an innovative rapid-response solution, "A Place for YOU," to bridge a housing gap for low-income families.

If you are a City of Portland homeowner with property suitable for placement of an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), AND want to be part of a community-centered initiative to address the urgent homeless crisis - We want to hear from you!

Portland’s Housing Problem

The number of families experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County is at a record high and we lack an adequate number of affordable units to meet the region’s increased housing demands - an estimated 25,000 affordable housing unit gap. The City of Portland and Multnomah County jointly allocated $61 million to address the crisis and significantly increase affordable housing supply in Multnomah County. At the same time, the City and County face an immediate and urgent need to get families off the street now, as extended shelter stays are very challenging, especially for families with children.

How it Works

The County and Enhabit will design and build an ADU and locate it in your backyard as a rent-free family housing solution for five years. After that time period, you become the owner, with unrestricted use of the ADU. Family tenants will be referred through A Home For Everyone’s (AHFE) Homeless Families’ Coordinated Access system. During the lease period, families will receive full social service support through AHFE.

Qualifying Criteria

Preference will be given to properties that are within close proximity to key services like public transit, public schools, a grocery store and day care.

Benefits to Homeowners

  • No cost for ADU construction
  • No cost for the plan, design, construction, permits, and fees for ADU
  • Tax abatement for ADU (no additional taxes on your property)
  • Additional income to you, after 5 year rent-free commitment to low-income family
  • Increased social networking, community building, and hope

Join the Interest List

Yes, I live in the City of Portland and want to learn more about participating in A Place for You. I understand that signing up here does not ensure that my property will be selected.

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The Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL) is a learning lab within Multnomah County’s Department of County Human Services created to study and test new approaches to fight poverty and racism. The MIL seeks to positively change community conditions by practicing human-centered design, developing applied research and providing thought leadership. Follow our work @MultCoMIL.