Dignity Village: Tiny Homes Community for Homeless in Portland, Oregon


In the Pacific Northwest, people with nowhere else to go are forming micro-communities with communal kitchens and toilets but teeny, individual sleeping units. Could tiny homes, once the provenance of design blogs, help curb homelessness nationwide?


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3 Responses to Dignity Village: Tiny Homes Community for Homeless in Portland, Oregon

  1. gauchoman2002 says:

    I’d be interested to see an effort like this dovetailed into a statewide initiative to provide free housing for homeless folks (much like they’ve successfully implement in Utah).

    • AVD says:

      There is an old saying – “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day – but teach a man to fish and he eats forever”.

      Nothing of value in life is “free”. The “homeless” residents would be far better served and gain in self-dignity if they gave back to the community in some way for what the community provides.

      Growing and tending a community garden, planting and maintaining trees to help moderate heat-islands, or raising native pond frogs and pond turtles in that bio-swale shown in the photo are a few “community services” that could be traded in exchange for shelter. Residents can always learn and possibly prosper from doing valuable tasks.

      Instead of providing ready-made shelters, why not evaluate and select several homeless people to participate in a self-help program. Under the guidance of skilled supervisors, teach “residents” how to construct and finish a shelter as a team.

      Years ago, I absorbed many construction skills working alongside a former C.C.C. “graduate” who learned his skills working up from poverty as a “resident” of several Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the 1930s.


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