The Kenton Women’s Village, first known as the POD Village, was originally a limited duration pilot project providing up to 14 houseless female-identified people their own micro-housing sleeping pod designed by local architecture firms on a transitional basis in a village-style community with oversight and ongoing support from a contracted non-profit, Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities would only move forward with the project if it was clear that the residents of the neighborhood were behind it.
On March 8th of 2017 the Kenton Neighborhood Association held a neighborhood-wide vote and the village was overwhelmingly approved by the neighborhood for one year. Kenton Women’s Village officially opened that June.
In June of 2018, the KNA held a 2nd vote with near unanimous approval to grant the Village up to another year of operation. In the late summer of 2018, plans were revealed to move the Village to a nearby location and establish it as a permanent project with better infrastructure and increased capacity.
A fully operational kitchen and shower facilities, installed in customized shipping containers, have been added to the site, with water delivery and garbage service being provided. A community garden has been planted so that residents and neighbors can collaborate and interact as the women make the village their home.
The residents of the Kenton Women’s Village are drawn largely from the Kenton and North Portland areas. The residents receive access to services including case management, employment assistance, access to legal and financial services, mental and physical health care, and support creating and implementing a personalized plan to transition to permanent housing by the time they leave the Village.
The Village was created through partnerships with local government, nonprofit, and educational institutions: Catholic Charities of Oregon, City of Portland, the Joint Office of Homeless Services, the Village Coalition, Prosper Portland, Almar Contracting, Portland State University School of Architecture’s Center for Public Interest Design, Kenton Neighborhood Association, Catlin Gabel InvenTeam, and dozens of other community businesses, organizations, and individuals.
Kenton Neighborhood Association,
Catholic Charities of Oregon