FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2022
Shelton Veterans Village Groundbreaking to House Homeless Veterans in Mason County
Shelton, Washington – Quixote Communities and the City of Shelton are pleased to announce the groundbreaking for the new Shelton Veterans Village, a tiny house village, that will house 30 homeless veterans living in Mason County.
Quixote Communities, a nonprofit known for Quixote Village, a tiny house village supporting 30 individuals in Olympia, will operate and manage the new project for veterans in Shelton. The City of Shelton has been instrumental in getting the project to construction and will continue as a supportive partner for the village. GS Consulting and Ally Community Development serve as the affordable housing developer of the Shelton Veterans Village.
“We have experienced many successes at Quixote Village in Olympia as well as Orting Veterans Village in Pierce County. We are so proud to expand our model of permanent supportive housing to veterans in Mason County,” says Colleen Carmichael, Executive Director of Quixote Communities. “We will not only have affordable housing, but also full-time staff onsite to support the residents and the facilities.” In addition to the fully furnished tiny homes, there will be a large community building with a spacious double kitchen, dining area, multipurpose room, staff offices, as well as laundry facilities.
Quixote Communities plans to partner with the WDVA and local resources in the community to provide a variety of services to the villagers. 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.
Senator Sheldon of the 35th Legislative District has been a champion of the project since its inception. “I support this project because I know how crucial it is to provide housing and resources to our community. This is an innovative approach to homelessness which makes housing the priority and it also recognizes the important contribution made by our veterans, who deserve our support after their service to our country. I am honored to have been a part of this project and can’t wait to see the impact it has on our veterans.”
Quixote Communities received capital funding from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, Mason County, the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Norcliffe Foundation, Medina Foundation, and Project-Based Vouchers and VASH Vouchers from the Bremerton Housing Authority. They also received support and leased land from the City of Shelton.
“Quixote Communities and their partners have worked tirelessly on this new Veterans Village for Shelton,” said Eric Onisko, Mayor of the City of Shelton. “This model will be crucial in our community for our homeless veterans, and I am looking forward to continuing to partner with Quixote Communities as construction begins.”
In addition to the funding partners, the project team includes MSGS Architects as the architect, FORMA Construction, as the General Contractor, Olympic Engineering as the Civil Engineer, and landscaping support from the Mason Conservation District.
The Shelton Veterans Village is set to open in the summer of 2023. For additional information on the Shelton Veterans Village please contact our Executive Director Colleen Carmichael at (360) 932-9359 or visit www.quixotecommunities.org.
About Quixote Communities
Quixote Communities is a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in Washington under the name Panza. Their mission is to provide permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness: They create and manage tiny home villages that foster community, encourage personal growth, and promote access to the care and services their residents need. They currently own and operate Quixote Village in Olympia, and Orting Veterans Village in Orting.