Portland’s Homeless Population Constructing ‘Tiny Homes’ As Crisis Worsens

The homeless population of Portland recently began constructing “tiny homes” on streets in the city made of wood and plywood, resembling habitable homes.

The construction of the homes comes as the Democrat-run city tackles its homeless epidemic, which leads to open-air drug use and a rise in crime.

An Oregon resident known for documenting Portland’s homeless crisis, Kevin Dahlgren, took video footage of the epidemic in the city, showing that several wooden tiny homes have been erected on streets.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Dahlgren revealed that some of the homes contain sporting equipment, while others are used for drugs.

“I’m finding tiny homes built by the homeless popping up on nearly every block in some neighborhoods. This one is quite nice and even has a basketball hoop. Another (one) I saw today though was used for prostitution and another for drugs,” Dahlgren wrote.

The homeless epidemic has eviscerated Portland in past years, resulting in residents fleeing the downtown corridor of the city to escape open-air drug use and becoming the victim of a repeat homeless offender.

In October 2022, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) declared the homeless crisis a “humanitarian catastrophe,” with over 700 homeless encampments plagued with violent crime and drug use coming to light under his tenure.

Homelessness in the city worsened when Oregon officials voted to legalize hard drugs in November 2020, according to the Post Millennial. Given the disastrous impact that the law had on the city, the state legislature re-criminalized possession of such substances.

In another move exacerbating crime in the city, Portland’s war against law enforcement, which began shortly after the death of longtime criminal George Floyd in the summer of 2020, has paved the way for crime to increase across the city.

Since then, lawmakers have passed laws preventing police from taking action to address homelessness as part of the left’s belief of “having compassion” for the “less fortunate.”

Although elected officials in Portland have spent over $1 billion in taxpayer funds to tackle homelessness, the crisis in the city has become worse in past years.

On social media, multiple users questioned if homeless individuals must apply for permits to construct “tiny homes.”

“Surely, they are paying thousands of dollars for permits. Good on them,” one user wrote on X.

“But I need permission and inspection to build a shed in my yard,” another user said.