We are St. Johns neighbors. We are renters, houseless neighbors, and homeowners. We are business owners, workers, and unemployed. We are kids, parents, family members, and educators of children.
Our group meets regularly to organize events and happenings in support of the proposed tiny-home village in St. Johns.
Want to get involved and help out? Join our group by signing our letter of support, and let us know how you'd like to be involved. If you have questions about our group,
please contact us at [email protected].
Government-supported Villages offer a mid-term, transitional form of housing where residents live temporarily to find stability while pursuing opportunities for permanent housing. Village living provides opportunities for leadership, mentoring and self-determination, and autonomy, as residents work toward independence. A village does not resemble, look like or function like an unsanctioned campsite.
Villages have up to 20 individual tiny homes offering a locking door and enough space for a bed and storage. The village will be connected to local utilities (water, sewer, electricity) and include common spaces, shared bathrooms/showers, a kitchen, security fencing, landscaping, and garbage service.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services is working to locate a secure, professionally designed village on land leased from St. Johns Christian Church on N. Richmond.
This location in St. Johns is centralized and close to more transit options, food, health services, community support, and the library.
As a transitional sheltering service, this village will operate via reservations only, serving single adults and couples, with only one person per pod. There will be no children (under 18) and no walk-up services.
Some residents from a separate village-style community, Hazelnut Grove, may choose to participate in this new, structured program and would make up some of the first group in the new village. But people experiencing homelessness in St. Johns will be offered priority access to fill remaining opportunities, and then fill spots that open when residents move forward to permanent housing. Learn more about Hazelnut Grove here.
Participants will commit to participation agreements that set village expectations, and expectations for village residents interacting with the larger St. Johns community. Anyone unwilling or unable to abide by these agreements will not be able to stay at the site. Drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs will not be permitted at the village.
The Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) will hold the lease with the St Johns Christian Church (SJCC) and will contract with Do Good Multnomah as a service provider.
The Joint Office, which is overseen by the Mayor and County Chair, will retain ultimate oversight over, and responsibility for, the success of the village.
Do Good Multnomah will serve as a property manager and service provider, providing on-site management 7 days/week (daytime hours) with a 24 hour contact line for emergencies. They will screen new residents, manage the village, provide on-site social services, housing support, and ensure village safety.
SJCC will remain as the land owner/landlord and village neighbor, but will have no management authority or formal responsibilities with the village.
Spring 2020: Design phase
Summer 2020: Break ground
Fall 2020: Village opens
A group of supportive neighbors called “St. Johns Welcomes the Village” is creating opportunities for engagement along multiple fronts. To learn more, contact us at [email protected].
For more information and detailed FAQ, please go to: ahomeforeveryone.net/stjohnsvillage.
For additional questions, please contact Denis Theriault with the Joint Office of Homeless services at [email protected].