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Overview of WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village 6/30/2022

Overview of WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village 6/30/2022

Parkrose Community Village (PCV) is WeShine’s first micro-village. Micro villages are “transitional shelters”, designed to provide safety, privacy, hygiene, and community to people seeking permanent housing. PCV will include paid staff, lockable sleeping pods, laundry, showers, toilets, fencing, and a community building. Volunteers will help with art, gardening, financial literacy, food, pet care, and medical/nursing needs.

WeShine guests are found by referral, complete an application process, set personal goals and success measures, and must sign a Good Guest Agreement that addresses behavior expectations. WeShine has also developed a Good Neighbor Agreement with input from with local business owners, neighborhood associations and watch groups, the Joint Office of Homeless Services, the Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, and others.

The Parkrose Community Village will serve adults who identify as LGBTQIA+, with a priority for those who are also Black, Indigenous, or People of Color or who have been camping nearby. The Parkrose Community Village does not accept children or minors.

The Village will not be a magnet for RVs and other campers. Guests and volunteers will walk the area, do outreach, and encourage nearby campers to move. No RVs or other campers will be allowed to stay on church property. Only authorized visitors are allowed in the village.

Micro-villages reduce the harm of drug and alcohol use. Low Barrier does NOT mean accepting all behaviors. Guests at a WeShine village are held accountable for their behavior, and could be asked to leave if they do not meet agreed-upon expectations. Alcohol and illegal drugs are used only within the privacy of a guest’s pod.

PCV will not add to neighborhood violence. Violence by and among guests is not tolerated. All have signed the Good Guest Agreement, and will participate in maintaining the village’s security, safety, and cleanliness as well as that of the church property. Staff are skilled in de-escalation and crisis intervention.

WeShine micro-village is a temporary outdoor shelter. PCV has a two-year lease and funding and will undergo the city’s annual permit renewal process. WeShine hopes that, over several years, micro village-style transitional shelters, in conjunction with other types of shelter,will help those on Portland’s streets move into permanent housing, and contribute to asubstantial reduction in the region’s unmanaged encampments.

Neighbors are encouraged to meet guests and staff and join Weshine as a volunteer. Many neighbors have attended WeShine meetings. Contact WeShine’s Executive Director and Program Manager at pcv@weshinepdx.org about opportunities.

Overview of WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village 6/30/2022

FAQs Regarding Parkrose Community Village

FAQs Regarding Parkrose Community Village

WeShine Prototype Pod and Village

These are the current (as of November 2021) WeShine prototype pod and village designs – designed by retired architect Francis McBride.

These designs are evolving as we grow – and will be customized for each microvillage. They are designed to meet a number of criteria:

WeShine Pods

  • welcoming: comfortable, insulated and handsome
  • empowering: private, dignified, customizable
  • safe: secure, lockable, raised to avoid water and pests
  • affordable. These huts have a price tag of about $2,500 each (depending on price of materials)
  • easy to assemble and dissemble
  • provide 1-2 beds, a porch, natural light

WeShine Villages

  • Small: 10-12 people
  • Compact: small footprint, flexible shape
  • Includes 10 sleeping huts, potties, community building with kitchen and heat
  • Village services to be arranged: garbage disposal, laundry service

General Resources:

FAQs Regarding Parkrose Community Village

FAQs Regarding Parkrose Community Village

Overview of WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village 6/30/2022

Overview of WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village 6/30/2022

Parkrose Community Village (PCV) is WeShine’s first micro-village. Micro villages are “transitional shelters”, designed to provide safety, privacy, hygiene, and community to people seeking permanent housing. PCV will include paid staff, lockable sleeping pods, laundry, showers, toilets, fencing, and a community building. Volunteers will help with art, gardening, financial literacy, food, pet care, and medical/nursing needs.

WeShine guests are found by referral, complete an application process, set personal goals and success measures, and must sign a Good Guest Agreement that addresses behavior expectations. WeShine has also developed a Good Neighbor Agreement with input from with local business owners, neighborhood associations and watch groups, the Joint Office of Homeless Services, the Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, and others.

The Parkrose Community Village will serve adults who identify as LGBTQIA+, with a priority for those who are also Black, Indigenous, or People of Color or who have been camping nearby. The Parkrose Community Village does not accept children or minors.

The Village will not be a magnet for RVs and other campers. Guests and volunteers will walk the area, do outreach, and encourage nearby campers to move. No RVs or other campers will be allowed to stay on church property. Only authorized visitors are allowed in the village.

Micro-villages reduce the harm of drug and alcohol use. Low Barrier does NOT mean accepting all behaviors. Guests at a WeShine village are held accountable for their behavior, and could be asked to leave if they do not meet agreed-upon expectations. Alcohol and illegal drugs are used only within the privacy of a guest’s pod.

PCV will not add to neighborhood violence. Violence by and among guests is not tolerated. All have signed the Good Guest Agreement, and will participate in maintaining the village’s security, safety, and cleanliness as well as that of the church property. Staff are skilled in de-escalation and crisis intervention.

WeShine micro-village is a temporary outdoor shelter. PCV has a two-year lease and funding and will undergo the city’s annual permit renewal process. WeShine hopes that, over several years, micro village-style transitional shelters, in conjunction with other types of shelter,will help those on Portland’s streets move into permanent housing, and contribute to asubstantial reduction in the region’s unmanaged encampments.

Neighbors are encouraged to meet guests and staff and join Weshine as a volunteer. Many neighbors have attended WeShine meetings. Contact WeShine’s Executive Director and Program Manager at pcv@weshinepdx.org about opportunities.

Overview of WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village 6/30/2022

Parking Lot Village Design

Early on WeShine worked with Sermin Yesilads of SOSYAL Architects and Cascadia Clusters to develop some parking lot village models. This is one example.

Example of a WE SHINE / Cascadia Cluster in a parking lot. This compact design provides shelter for up to 12 people in a corner of a parking lot with minimal impact.