Avalon Village Burglarized. Donations needed to replace stolen items.

During the July 4th weekend, thieves broke into Avalon Village and stole thousands of dollars worth of items needed to furnish the shelter community’s pods. The stolen items included portable air conditioning units, a TV for the group meeting room, printers for the business office, lamps, and bedding. An initial estimate values the lost inventory […]

WeShine Builds Small Pod-Villages as an Alternative Approach to Homelessness Solutions

https://www.pdxmonthly.com/news-and-city-life/2022/12/light-a-fire-portland-nonprofit-awards-weshine-homelessness-villages 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 […]

Parkrose Community Village Has Officially Opened!

Parkrose Community Village Has Officially Opened! The volunteer team has completed all the sleeping pods, and a temporary community kitchen and gathering space have been set up. With the power turned on, Phase I of the village is now complete! Six guests (plus watchdog Coco and kitten Luna) have currently moved in, with 1-2 guests […]

Tiny House Village by Nonprofit in Southeast Portland Receives Familiar Pushback: Anywhere but Here; Willamette Week July 15, 2022

https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2022/07/15/tiny-house-village-by-nonprofit-in-southeast-portland-receives-familiar-pushback-anywhere-but-here/ Nearly 1,000 neighbors sent a letter to Commissioner Dan Ryan, asking that he have “direct involvement” in negotiating with the nonprofit that’s building the village. By Sophie Peel July 15, 2022 at 7:07 am PDT A tiny home village slated to open soon in East Portland is receiving what is now familiar opposition from neighbors […]

‘Micro-village’ opening in Northeast Portland draws backlash from business owners

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/new-approach-housing-homeless-faces-backlash/283-555c6fc6-b3b4-43f5-b07d-0d561c579213 A Portland nonprofit is looking to private landowners for spaces to build small homeless villages. Its first one is expected to open next month. Author: Blair BestPublished: 7:23 PM PDT June 27, 2022Updated: 2:16 PM PDT June 28, 2022  PORTLAND, Ore. — As Safe Rest Villages open across the city, a Portland nonprofit is taking a different approach to […]

Our Village is Going Up, and We Want You to be A Part of It!

Through the rainy weather, our crew of volunteers was able to build 4 sleeping pods this past weekend! We have 7 pods to go, plus painting the interior and installing the floor and doors. We hope you can join us for one or more of the following work parties: Saturday, June 25, 9-Noon and 1-4Sundays, […]

Willamette Week: In Search of Land to Place Tiny House Villages, a Nonprofit Is Taking a Different Tack Than the City of Portland: It’s Looking to Private Land

https://www.wweek.com/news/2022/06/22/in-search-of-land-to-place-tiny-house-villages-a-nonprofit-is-taking-a-different-tack-than-the-city-of-portland-its-looking-to-private-land/ Its goal: Build 10 tiny villages in 10 different neighborhoods. By Sophie Peel June 22, 2022 at 5:32 am PDT It’s been 13 months since City Commissioner Dan Ryan pledged to open six “safe rest villages” across the city as an alternative to street camping. Last week, Portland officials opened the second of those villages, […]

First Pod Goes up at Parkrose Village!

We are excited to announce that construction on the Parkrose Village is underway. Last Sunday, June 12th, we completed putting together our first pod! We are so grateful to Parkrose Community United Church of Christ and the surrounding neighborhoods for their incredible support. We also want to give a shoutout to all our amazing volunteer […]