Backlash erupts in North Portland over tiny village for the homeless PORTLAND, Ore. — Susan Landauer isn’t tiptoeing around what is arguably Portland’s most sensitive subject: how to help the homeless. “I’m an old lady. I’m scared of these people,” said Landauer. “They are abusing drugs and alcohol, and I don’t want them in my yard.” Many of Landauer’s neighbors, including Mary McClain, are right there […]

WeShine Builds Small Pod-Villages as an Alternative Approach to Homelessness Solutions Microvillages, housing around a dozen people and small enough to fit into most any neighborhood, build community and give residents agency over their housing. By Matthew Trueherz  December 30, 2022 IMAGE: KAITLIN BRITO While some of her neighbors may have thrown up their hands in frustration at the persistent presense of camps in Laurelhurst Park, often cited […]

One solution to homelessness? WeShine’s shelter of tiny homes     Joseph Gallivan    October 20 2022    A look inside Portland’s tiny home villages, where the unhoused try to get back on their feet (Part 1 in a series) PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ – The $350,000 WeShine Parkrose micro village at Northeast Halsey Street and 125th Ave. It will house 12 people […]

“Scrappy Flock of Sheep, The Cost of Loving Your Neighbor.”

On the days I make my way to Parkrose Community UCC – where I’m the intentional interim pastor, I pass the Parkrose micro-village on our church campus. I have an urge to pinch myself as I pull into the church parking lot. I do this to make sure that the amazement of having a micro village […]

New tiny-home village in NE Portland offers low-barrier housing for homeless people The micro-village is on private church property which the nonprofit WeShine leases for $1,200 a month. PORTLAND, Ore. — Construction crews recently put the finishing touches on a new tiny-home village for those experiencing homelessness that opened in Northeast Portland last week. The Parkrose Community Village is run by a nonprofit called WeShine and takes a slightly different approach […]

WeShine nonprofit opens its first micro-village in Portland

Broadcast: Friday, Aug. 26 By Allison Frost (OPB) If you want to know about the nonprofit behind the city’s newest micro-village, you just need to look at the letters in its name. WeShine stands for Welcoming, Empowering, Safe Habitation Initiative with Neighborhood Engagement. People are starting to move into its Parkrose Community Village in Northeast Portland, where they’ll […]

A New Tiny-Home Village for the Houseless Is Opening Soon in Portland

But it’s not run by the city. By Julia Silverman  August 15, 2022 Jan McManus and a staff member talk at the new WeShine Village, a few weeks before residents are due to move in. IMAGE: JULIA SILVERMAN Getting Portland’s six Safe Rest Villages—intended to provide secure sleeping pods and communal support services for formerly houseless people—up and […]

Portland community group debuts its answer to the homeless crisis by France Lin and KATU Staff Sunday, August 7th 2022 PORTLAND, Ore — A community village for homeless people is in its final stages and today we got a look. A local nonprofit built “tiny homes” on church property, the Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, on Northeast Halsey. Today the community village had its soft […]

Some of Portland’s homeless villages struggle to reach full capacity. Here’s why The number of people living on the streets far exceeds shelter bed capacity, yet some homeless villages consistently have empty beds. Author: Blair BestPublished: 6:59 PM PDT August 1, 2022Updated: 7:23 PM PDT August 1, 2022   PORTLAND, Ore. — Thousands of people live on the streets of Portland, yet some of the city’s homeless villages consistently […]