PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland code officers have been told to "deprioritize" enforcement against tiny homes and RVs parked on private property.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Commissioner Chloe Eudaly told officers the enforcement change is effective immediately. The call for allowing the additional housing units on private property is in response to the city's growing homelessness problem and housing shortage.

Eudaly's spokesman, David Austin, said the changes will make it easier for people who own property to help out friends or family members who've become homeless.

RVs parked on city streets can still be towed, but residential properties will be allowed to host one tent or RV. Churches and business will be allowed up to three, which opens the door for individual city bureaus that own land to decide whether to allow it.