A large, tiny home village has fallen on hard times and may not make it through the year after experiencing many mishaps.
Located in Olympia, Washington, the village is one of the largest shelters in the county, housing dozens of people.
Quince Street Village was reportedly struggling to make ends meet The Olympian.
Run by a nonprofit called Catholic Community Services, it is home to many area residents, but has run into some trouble because the city doesn’t know where to get the money to fund it.
“This is a really important emergency shelter for unhoused residents in our region,” said Rich Hoey, Olympia’s deputy city manager.
It consists of 100 units equipped with heat and electricity, each housing a bed and a carry bag for residents to store their personal belongings.
There are also toilets, showers and drinking water, and the village is equipped with garbage disposal and a food preparation area.
“We have to find a way,” Hoey said.
“We’ve been treating this as an emergency … and we haven’t yet figured out how to sustainably financially support this year after year.”
We just don’t have it yet.”
The city and county initially worked together and developed a plan to accommodate these residents.
The plan was thwarted in mid-2022 when Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Rights of Way” initiative, which aimed to clear encampments along highways and offer housing to their residents.
The place where the first group of people was supposed to be transferred became a shelter for the residents of the highway.
Village officials believe it is possible to find temporary accommodation.
Your concern is long-term financing.
“We certainly don’t want to displace the residents of Quince Street,” said Darian Lightfoot, the city’s director of affordable housing and homeless services.
She claims funding is expected for the village in the next three years.