Orting Veterans Village
19607 162nd Ave E
Orting, WA 98360
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2021
Orting Veterans Village Opening to House Homeless Veterans in Pierce County
Orting, Washington – Quixote Communities will begin a phased opening of the Orting Veterans Village beginning May 10, 2021. At full capacity, this tiny home village will house 35 homeless veterans living in Pierce County. The village is located on the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs’ Soldiers Home campus. Quixote Communities will hold an online grand opening event on May 25th at 12:15 pm. The public is invited to participate and can RSVP for free at www.quixotecommunities.org or by scanning the QR code below. The Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Statewide Fund is the premier sponsor of the event.
Quixote Communities, a nonprofit known for its award-winning Quixote Village, a tiny home village supporting 30 individuals in Olympia, will operate and manage the new project for veterans in Orting. The Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center has been instrumental in developing the project and will continue as a supportive partner for the village.
“With hundreds of homeless veterans in Pierce County alone, we are thrilled to be able to provide permanent supportive housing to some of the homeless men and women who have served our country,” said Jaycie Osterberg, Executive Director of Quixote Communities. “Quixote Communities will provide our residents one-on-one staff support to help them determine and meet their needs. They will also benefit from a built-in community of peers surrounding them. We want to help Pierce County veterans get housed, stay housed, and have a better quality of life”.
Each tiny home is energy-smart, heated, well-insulated, and built to code with the quality required of a permanent dwelling. They are fully furnished and have a private toilet, shower, and sink. In addition to the tiny homes , there is a large community center with a spacious kitchen, dining area, multipurpose room, staff offices, computer area, as well as laundry facilities. There are three full-time staff including a Program Manager, Case Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator. Quixote Communities will continue its partnership with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and local community resources to provide a variety of services to the vets. This will include transportation, care coordination, behavioral health services, and life skills classes. The village uses the Recovery Housing model, which provides a clean and sober living environment to its residents
Quixote Communities received capital funding from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, Pierce County, the Federal Home Loan Bank, and the United Way, and Project-Based Vouchers from the Pierce County Housing Authority and HUD-VASH to support its operations. They also received support and land from the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs.
In addition to the funding partners, the project team includes Community Frameworks as the affordable housing developer, MSGS Architects as the architect, Buchanan General Contracting Company as the general contractor, JMJ Team as the civil engineer, and Carriage Houses NW as the modular manufacturers.
For additional information on the Orting Veterans Village and how to get involved please contact Jaycie Osterberg at (360) 808-3110 or visit www.quixotecommunities.org. Quixote holds digital Q&As on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm. You can sign up through the Orting Veterans Village Facebook page.
About Quixote Communities
Quixote Communities is a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated under the name Panza. Its mission is to provide permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Quixote Communities creates and manages tiny home villages that foster community, encourage personal growth, and promote access to care and services. It currently owns and operates Quixote Village in Olympia, which opened in 2013, and also working on another veterans village in Shelton, which is currently in the permitting process.