Dignity Village (Justin and Jacquie)

Dignity Village is a formally a tent city that was founded  by homeless people and now provides a safe, drug and alcohol free, alternative to the streets for 60 homeless adults every night. In addition to private temporary dwellings, the Village provides basic services including toilets, showers, cooking facilities, telephone, mail, computer access, and access to health care.

After moving the tent city around  due to legal technicalities the City of Portland agreed to let the group camp in a city lot called Sunderland Yard, 7 miles from downtown. They are protected in this location until 2010, and here have homes made out of straw and mud, wood, and other salvaged materials.

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