Students and designers work on ‘sleeping pods’ for Portland’s homeless

Professional designers are working with Portland State students to develop small, house-like sleeping pods that could be shelters for the city’s homeless population. (KPTV)

Portland State University students, local designers and architects are working together to build structures to help house homeless people.

They're calling them sleeping pods. The buildings are a little smaller that a tiny home, but much bigger, safer and warmer than a tent.

The student builders are hoping they'll help local homeless people survive the winter, and teams of students and different community groups are building 14 of the sleeping pods to start.

PSU teamed up with Village Coalition, City Repair and the mayor's office to launch the initiative.

The pods are about 8 feet by 12 feet and about 10 feet tall. They have the profile of a house but not the amenities that require piles of permits.

The builders are still working out how to connect people in need with the pods, but for now, participants are focused on finishing them and on what this could mean for people living on the street in Portland.

The finished pods will be on display next Friday in the north park blocks for people to check out.

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