Tiny house neighborhoods for the unhoused

We at the Millennial House Lab are huge supporters of a recent trend to house the unhoused with tiny house neighborhoods.

A great example is Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington:

Quixote Village grew from the vision of a self-governing tent camp of homeless adults in Olympia, Washington.  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.  Village residents moved from Camp Quixote to the Village on Christmas Eve, 2013.

Two things stand out about the Village.  First, its neighborhood design, which houses residents around a central shared area:

quixote villageThe second is the self-government of the neighborhood:

The tradition of resident self-government began with the founding of Camp Quixote – a tent camp for homeless adults – in 2007.  The first residents established a simple code of conduct that all residents agreed to live by.

In the six+ years of the Camp’s existence, residents interviewed and voted on whom to admit to the Camp, and when to expel someone who didn’t follow the rules.  They also elected leaders every six months, and the leaders assigned chores, collected dues of $20 a month and managed the funds to provide paper plates, and other supplies.

Read more about Quixote in their New York Times feature from last year.