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? Sign up to join our group list at [email protected] or by signing our letter of support.
Government-supported Villages offer a mid-term, transitional form of housing where residents live temporarily to find stability while pursuing opportunities for permanent housing.
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 closer to more transit options, food, health services, community support, the library, etc. than a previously discussed alternative location on N Roberts Avenue.
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.
Residents from an established village, Hazelnut Grove, will be among the initial residents, accounting for roughly half of the initial capacity with the remaining spaces prioritized for people who are unsheltered in St. Johns. As people transition into permanent housing, St Johns residents will have first priority for vacancies.
Hazelnut Grove is a thriving, self-organized community of roughly 15 folks who have formerly been without shelter. Of the 15 residents, 11 are employed and 4 are retired/on fixed income and have either been priced out of housing or have not found available affordable housing.
Hazelnut Grove formed in 2014 on an undevelopable, state-owned right-of-way where two busy roads intersect and cannot stay permanently in that location.
All village residents will: 1) sign a program agreement that specifies their responsibilities to each other and neighbors, including strict rules around smoking areas, drinking alcohol, and the use of illegal drugs; 2) enter into the countywide Homeless Management Information System Actively work towards a transition into permanent housing; and 3) actively work towards a transition into permanent housing.
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.
April 2019: SJCC congregation voted in favor of leasing their property to JOHS for a village.
Spring/summer 2019: Site analysis will begin on Richmond. Procurement process will begin. Good Neighbor Agreement process will begin.
Fall 2019: Current estimate for earliest start of site preparation construction.
Spring 2020: Current estimate for earliest completion of site preparation work, installation of structures and opening of village.
A group of supportive neighbors called “St. Johns Welcomes the Village” is creating opportunities for engagement along multiple fronts. To learn more, contact Lindsay Jensen at the St. Johns Center for Opportunity at [email protected].
For more information and detailed FAQ, please go to: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/stjohnsvillage
For additional questions, please contact Denis Theriault with the Joint Office of Homeless services at [email protected]