Big problem, tiny solution? Portland mayor considers small houses for homeless

Big problem, tiny solution? Portland mayor considers small houses for homeless »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore- David Carboneau first came up with his take on the tiny home after that devastating earthquake in Haiti.

"We didn't speak Creole, they didn't speak English, and we managed to get it done," Carboneau said.

He and his partners at Techdwell built their first prototype after the earthquake and even had president Bill Clinton drop by for a visit.

But when Carboneau got back to the states, he started thinking local.

"We realized we had a lot of challenges here trying to find people safe housing," Carboneau said.

So he teamed up with community activists like Mike Whithey.

Whithey then pitched the idea during a recent city council meeting.

The mayor loved it and ordered Josh Alpert to take a look.

"I'm sure we will fail at some if not all of this but in our view it's worth trying," Alpert said.

He's putting together a special task force, they haven't even had their first meeting and there's already push back.

Alpert admits the tiny homes won't have a small price tag.

Each one costs anywhere from $12,000-20,000 and they don't know where that money will come from.

If and when they find the cash, then there's the problem of where to start building.        

"I think we have a community problem. Part of our plan will be to try things throughout the city so we aren't overloading one area. At some point we as a community need to get together and figure out solutions so we will all have to pitch in," Alpert said.

The task force will meet for the first time in two weeks.