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 will live in the village and what is the vetting process?
is this temporary or permanent housing? will there be rules?
Who will manage the orting veterans village?
The Village will be supported by Panza DBA Quixote Communities, a 501C3 non-profit organization. We will have three full time staff on-site: A Program Manager, Case Manager, and Americorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator. We will 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 current village, Quixote Village in Olympia. The Program Manager will collect rent, arrange for maintenance repairs, and manage the facility. The Case Manager will provide case management, link residents to services, arrange for educational and therapeutic programs at the site, and coordinate transportation to American Lake VA Hospital or other locations for services. The Volunteer Coordinator will connect with the outside community for donations and volunteer opportunities.
HOW WILL CONSTRUCTION OF THE VILLAGE BE FUNDED?
The Village will cost approximately $5MMto 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 will the operation of the village be funded?
We are grateful to have a partnership with the Pierce County Housing Authority. They are providing 30 project-based vouchers (similar to Section 8) to supplement residents' rent to help cover operating costs. We will also have a partnership with the VA as they will be providing 5 Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. In addition, we have received a grant from Pierce County to provide funding for operating and maintenance funds and other services necessary for the residents to succeed. We also apply for grants to local foundations and fundraise for the village.
WHAT WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER?
What model will you use?
why tiny homes?
HOW MANY HOMES WILL YOU HAVE?
We have 35 tiny homes and 1 Community Center. There are 29 standard cottages and 6 ADA cottages, for those with mobility disabilities.
WHAT WILL BE OFFERED AT THE VILLAGE?
will there be violence and crime?
what about drug use?
can i visit quixote village in olympia to see what it's like?