Orting Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the orting village located?
The Orting Veterans Village is located at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Soldiers Home in Orting, a 181 acre campus with nursing and domiciliary facilities for veterans as well as other programs. The campus was first established in 1891 for veterans of the Civil War and is located 1.5 miles from downtown Orting. Our address is 19607 162nd Ave Orting, WA 98360.
Who lives at the village and what are the eligiblity requirements?
is this temporary or permanent housing? are there rules?
Who manages the orting veterans village?
The Village is supported by Panza DBA Quixote Communities. We are on the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs' campus but are not an affiliation of the WDVA. We are a separate 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Orting Veterans Village is a separate program, however, we work closely with staff of the WDVA to ensure we are good neighbors and work with them to help some of their transitional housing residents move into the village.
We currently have three full time staff on-site: A Program Manager, Case Manager, and Americorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator. We also have an Accountant to help with the books and our Executive Director who deals with org development and fundraising. Our staffing model is based off of our original village, Quixote Village in Olympia. The Program Manager collects rent, arranges for maintenance repairs, and manages the facility. The Case Manager provides case management, link residents to services, arranges for educational and therapeutic programs at the site, and coordinates transportation to American Lake VA Hospital or other locations for services. The Volunteer Coordinator connects with the outside community for donations, volunteer opportunities, and community engagement.
HOW Was the CONSTRUCTION OF THE VILLAGE FUNDED?
The Village costs approximately $5MM to build. This comes at $135,000 per tiny home. That is 50% of what it costs to build an affordable apartment (including our large community center, land development, and all soft costs)! The Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center (PSVHC) has a $600,000 direct allocation in the state capital budget. Additionally, the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to provide the land to the project at no cost through a long term lease. Other proposed capital funding is:
how is the operation of the village funded?
We are grateful to have a partnership with the Pierce County Housing Authority. They are providing 25 project-based vouchers (similar to Section 8) to supplement residents' rent to help cover some of our operating costs. We also have a partnership with the VA as they will be providing 10 Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. In addition, we have received a grant from Pierce County and the Department of Commerce to provide funding for operating, maintenance, and supportive services funds and other services necessary for the residents to succeed. We also apply for grants to local foundations and fundraise for the village as well as reach out to the local community for support.
WHAT is IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER?
What model do you use?
why tiny homes?
HOW MANY HOMES are there?
We have 35 tiny homes and 1 Community Center. There are 29 standard cottages and 6 ADA cottages, for those with mobility disabilities.
WHAT is OFFERED AT THE VILLAGE?
will there be violence and crime?
what about drug use?
can i visit?