Challenges of building a residential community for 30 previously homeless adults
Quixote Village grew from the vision of a self-governing tent camp of homeless adults in Olympia, Washington. It also grew out the conviction of Tim Ransom and Jill severn that there was a better way. The story is a collaboration of leaders, homeless and quiet supporters of the growing vision that tents could be replaced by residences. The Village consists of 30 tiny cottages, a large vegetable garden and a community building that contains showers, laundry facilities, a communal kitchen and living and dining space.
“Many of those residents… revealed in the Thriving Communities-Shelter 2014 video have since moved on. Some are here and Quixote Village is evolving to a home for people that are chronically homeless, but who do not need 24-hour oversight. “We collaborate with the many wonderful organizations that serve varying levels of homeless in this county. Our relationship with the local governmental and political groups remains solid. I think they are proud of Quixote Village. We have been asked for information and to present in over 30 communities around the world. And we are still learning… every day… and we share what we can.