Kenton Women's Village: ‘This is a great reminder of what we can do when we all work together’

June 09, 2017

" “If we’re going to succeed, it’s because we’ve brought together new people, new ideas and new energy, and there’s a lot of that here today,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. The City/County Joint Office of Homeless Services is supporting Catholic Charities’ work with the village."

Coalition pursues more villages in response to city's homeless problem

April 06, 2017

"It can be a long road for activists to get their visions realized by political leaders.

Some rely on quiet, behind-the-scenes organizing; others try noisy protests.


For local grassroots group Village Coalition, it was years of work and a mix of both strategies. The coalition — the driving force behind a tiny home village pilot project in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood to house 14 homeless women — is now working directly with city officials on the project, and has the endorsement of city Commissioner Chloe Eudaly."

Tiny house village for homeless women approved by North Portland neighborhood

March 09, 2017

"Kenton residents voted 178-75 in support of the proposed pod Wednesday night."

Village Coalition hosts Kenton Women's Village Design Workshop

January 28, 2017

"The future is looking mostly bright for Portland's first village of transitional tiny homes for homeless women. A vote at a March 8 Kenton Neighborhood Association board meeting will take place to determine the project's fate, since organizers don't want to move forward without neighborhood support. Many organizations and the city have been working together on the Partners On Dwelling (POD) Initiative since last year. If the neighborhood approves, the homes potentially will be installed by the end of March..."


Portland's Organized Homeless Camps Will Take More Than 30 People From Springwater Corridor

August 27, 2016

Villages coming together to support people affected by the City's policy of forced displacement and criminalization of houselessness.

Portland’s Tiny Homes Housing & Training Program Gets Grant

June 28, 2016

"The administration has also been working with Village Coalition, a group comprised of organized encampments and affordable housing advocates along with representatives from nonprofits and neighborhoods. The Coalition asked Mayor Hales to help find a warehouse where the tiny homes could be made in order to establish the job training program."

Meet the New Wave of Portland Homeless Camps

May 04, 2016

"As it progresses toward approved blueprints, the city's also working with a grassroots group made up of existing organized encampments, advocates, and a steadily growing stream of nonprofits and neighborhood representatives. This group, calling itself the "Village Coalition," came together a few months back through the ReBuilding Center on North Mississippi. It meets every other week.

"We're trying to learn what may work to address the housing crisis from the perspective of those who are houseless," says ReBuilding Center Executive Director Stephen Reichard. "I think that everybody in the coalition feels it's part of their job to do that."

The Village Coalition quickly landed on a suggestion: If the group could identify a warehouse where it could build tiny homes, the space could serve as a training ground for homeless people seeking new skills, and a handy source for the pods the city's been seeking."

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