Portland Kenton Women’s Village*

Portland Kenton Women’s Village*

Portland Pod Village Pilot Project

  • Portland Kenton Women’s Village* Portland 1 Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • Portland Kenton Women’s Village* Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • Portland Kenton Women’s Village* Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • Portland Kenton Women’s Village* Housing Innovation Collaborative


First developed in 2017, the Kenton Women’s Village recently moved locations within the Portland neighborhood of Kenton, opening in March 2019 with 20 tiny homes.


  • Launched in 2018 to shelter over 3k people, the Mayor’s A Bridge Home program is designed to be an alternative to encampments

Mission: Provide an alternative to encampments to help move people off the streets, through bridge housing facilities, and into long-term housing.



Owner: The land is owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services and isn’t eligible for commercial development due to its use for sewer lines.

Previous Use: Paved parking lot

Use Arrangement: Master leased to operator via Emergency Housing Operations Agreement

Site Selection Criteria Considerations: N/A


Upfront Development* $5 million Pod construction was donated.Utilities were paid for by the City.
Cost Per Bed* $__k 14 beds in total
Operating Costs* $__ million/year  Funded by the city-county Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS), Multnomah County pays for operational expenses, including a contract with Catholic Charities to manage the village and provide social services for the residents.


Cost Per Bed* $_k/year $__/bed/night



Lead Deal Coordinator To be completed…
Community Engagement ?
Construction Management ?
Shelter Vendor / Manufacturer Various The tiny homes were built by various contractor companies in early 2019 (listed below).
On-Site Assembly  ?



Lead Operators:

4933 1557276397 Housing Innovation Collaborative

Operator To date, Catholic Charities’ dedicated housing entity, Caritas Housing, has created more than 800 units of affordable housing for over 1,900 individuals. The organization provides on-site, relationship-centered services with the primary goal of helping residents maintain their housing and thrive as members of our community.
Agreement 3-year lease between ___ and ____.
  • __ day-shift workers
  • Shelter Manager
  • Program Supervisor
  • Logistic Coordinators
  • Case Managers
  • Security
  • Janitorial
  • Back-end Admin
Management Beyond CC being the administrative and fiscal services provider, the village mostly uses a self-governance model comprised of a general assembly of residents, resident stewards, a staff liaisons from CC, a trained crisis intervention team and a steering committee of JOHS, City of Portland, residents, KNA and CC.
Services Provided
  • Use of a small transitional dwelling
  • Permanent housing placement assistance
  • Shared food storage, preparation, and dining facilities
  • Shared facilities for toilets, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Regular trash collection
  • A mailbox and address
  • Community meetings and social events
  • Conflict resolution, including mediation
  • On-site leadership development and educational programming, including proactive systems for building affinity and collaboration
  • Integrated case management
  • Addiction treatment referrals
  • Mental health treatment referrals
  • Smoking cessation support
  • ~$__/night operating costs
Operating Expenses
  • On-Site Personnel
  • Maintenance
  • Client Services, meals


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