Hope Village

WHAT IS HOPE VILLAGE?

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 enables 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. They are required to contribute to the operation of the Village through a shared monthly fee and Village duties such as cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and shower trailers, gardening, kennel duty or shifts at the Gate Watch desk. Villagers are monitored by their own Village Council, as well as supervised by Rogue Retreat case management staff. 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 its case management structure from Rogue Retreat’s other programs. As a result of this, Hope Village is proving to have increased stability in comparison to other homeless Tiny House programs to the point that other Tiny House villages want to implement Rogue Retreats Case Management structure into their programs. We believe that improve and strengthen a growing network of homeless supportive housing/shelter providers across the State of Oregon.
At Hope Village there is an office building that provides community gathering area for shared living space and meetings, case manager offices, a manned host desk for checking in and out, laundry facilities, mobile kitchen trailer and mobile shower/restroom trailer. Recently we created a community garden for fresh produce and Dog Shelters for village residents to keep their pets while they are in appointments. All of this in contained in a fully fenced and gated community. Visitors and guests must be accompanied by a resident or staff member of Rogue Retreat during visiting hours.

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.

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.