Monday, February 24, 2014

Homeless Leave Tents for "Dollhouse" Living

: Quixote Village web photo
From the Quixote Village website:

Quixote Village grew from the vision of a self-governing tent camp of homeless adults in Olympia, Washington.  The Village consists of 30 tiny cottages, a large vegetable garden and a community building that contains showers, laundry facilities, a communal kitchen and living and dining space.  Village residents moved from Camp Quixote to the Village on Christmas Eve, 2013.

The Village is supported by Panza, a non-profit organization that grew out of the many faith communities that hosted and sustained Camp Quixote during its 6+ years of existence.
  • Quixote Village is a self-governing community of 30 previously homeless adults.
  • The Village consists of 30 tiny (144 sq. ft interior) cottages, and a community building that contains a shared kitchen, dining area, living room, showers, laundry, and office and meeting space.
  • The Village site is 2.17 acres, and includes space for a large vegetable garden and personal “door yard” gardens in front of each cottage.
  • The Village is staffed by a full-time Program Manager and a part-time Resident Advocate.
A recent New York Times story elaborates on the project:

"It is rare that folks who live on the street have the chance to collaborate on a 2.1-acre, $3.05 million real estate development. Nearly as surprising is that Quixote Village may become a template for homeless housing projects across the country. The community has already hosted delegations from Santa Cruz, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle; and fielded inquiries from homeless advocates in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Salt Lake City; and Prince George’s County, Md."



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