Multnomah County has managed to catch the public's imagination with an experimental pilot project around homelessness that they admit went public prematurely.

The project, called "A Place for You," plans to house four homeless families by June in tiny 200-square-foot accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, also commonly called granny flats. The county will pay for the cost while Portland homeowners would act as landlords in a five-year contract, and then claim ownership of the units on their lots.