Hope Village

to provide short term transitional shelter and case management for individuals and families to help move up from homelessness and ultimately into long term housing

The vision of Hope Village is to provide short term transitional shelter and case management for individuals and families to help move up from homelessness and ultimately into long term housing.

Hope Village opened on October 31st, 2017. It gives shelter that is safe, sanitary, gated and supervised to homeless men, women, and couples in a community setting of attractive, well designed and insulated tiny house duplex units. Required weekly case management helps enable the residents to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness to help them work on permanent ways to get off the streets, address their individual barriers and transition back into society. Villagers live in a shared community environment. They share the duties of keeping the Village clean and orderly and they observe self-governing behavioral rules, such as no stealing, fighting, or drug or alcohol use on the premises. Villagers are required to contribute to the operation of the Village through a monthly program fee and Village duties such as cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and shower facilities, gardening, dog shelter duty or shifts at the Gate Watch, etc.  Villagers are monitored and supervised by Rogue Retreat case management staff and a Camp Host. Safety is maintained through community agreements that all residents agree to follow and self-enforce.

The Village concept is based upon Village residents having private space in their tiny house combined with a mix of shared community space that fosters both independence and the companionship and mutual-aid of others within the Village. Rogue Retreat has created Hope Village through using the best practices of other tiny house communities and blended it with the case management structure from Rogue Retreat’s other programs. As a result, Hope Village is proving to have increased stability in comparison to other homeless tiny house programs. We believe that Rogue Retreat’s Community Village Model will improve and strengthen a growing network of homeless supportive housing/shelter providers across the State of Oregon and beyond.

Hope Village was a dream of Rogue Retreat, St. Vincent DePaul and the Jackson County Homeless Taskforce. In 2013 this team began researching, gathering data, and visiting other villages in Oregon to find creative ways to serve the homeless in Jackson County. Tiny House Villages are being created all over the country as a successful model to mitigate the impacts of homelessness. Since opening, Hope Village has been toured by multiple groups from counties across Oregon and California.

The video below was done by a group out of Chico, CA on Hope Village in Medford, Oregon.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE A VILLAGE?

Our inspiration for this project is Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon. Andrew Heban, one of the co-creators of Opportunity Village has an excellent book entitled, “Tent City Urbanism, From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages”. Tent City Urbanism explores the intersection of the “tiny house movement” and tent cities organized by the homeless to present an accessible and sustainable housing paradigm that can improve the quality of life for everyone.

Andrew Heben is an urban planner, writer, and tiny house builder based in Eugene, Oregon. He has visited over a dozen tent cities and tiny house villages throughout the country, and spent time living in an unsanctioned, self-governed tent city known as Camp Take Notice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Heben has since helped co-found Opportunity Village Eugene (now known as Square-One Villages), a non-profit organization that puts many of the ideas within this book into action.