Innovation. Affordability. Community.
It is unthinkable that the men and women who’ve taken the oath of service — who’ve often been sent to faraway places to protect our freedoms at home—would one day find themselves without a home.
Veterans experience a distinct set of challenges, including difficulty transitioning from active duty, higher rates of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and suicide. Many veterans also face poverty, lack of support from family and friends, substance use or mental health issues, and precarious living conditions.
We’re excited to announce that we are in the early planning stages for two more tiny house communities that will help our veterans in need.
Veterans helping veterans. We are working to create new tiny house communities in Mason and Pierce counties to create a new model for rural areas in the country—a model that can be exported and replicated elsewhere so that we can solve this unthinkable problem together.
Panza is partnering with another wonderful nonprofit, the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center (PSVHC), to create a tiny house community in Orting, Washington, at the site of the Old Soldiers Home.
We are currently assembling the development team including Community Frameworks, a statewide non-profit affordable housing developer, and a design team. The hope is that the schematic design will be complete by this coming spring and that construction can start in the summer of 2018 with occupancy following soon after.
This project already has the full support of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs and the Orting City Council, as well as the mayor’s. Senator Steve Conway has been instrumental from the beginning and the project has his unwavering voice.
In Mason County we also have the support of the county commissioners, the Port of Shelton Board of Commissioners, and Senator Tim Sheldon’s strong advocacy for the project.
PANZA: TINY HOUSE JUSTICE
Panza, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the builder of Quixote Village—the pride of Olympia, Washington.
• One of the most successful tiny house communities in the United States.
• Where home is community and where people come first.
• Imagining new ways of living and powerful new answers to America’s affordable housing crisis.
• Awarded the Silver Metal Award for Urban Excellence from the Rudy Bruner Foundation.
• Honored and featured in the September, 2016 design exhibition from Cooper Hewitt—the Smithsonian Design Museum “By the People: Designing a Better America.”
If you support and innovative strategies and real answers to the housing crisis, won’t you please make a donation.
The Panza Story: How it began
In 2011, the Washington State Legislature designated $1.5 million for a tiny house village for homeless adults. That funding helped create Quixote Village, which consists of thirty 144-square-foot cottages, each including a half bath, as well as a community building with a large shared kitchen, laundry facility, showers, and social and office space. Each cottage cost $19,000. The total cost of the Village, including the value of donated land and construction of the community building, was about $100,000 per unit— approximately 40 percent of the average cost of conventional state funded studio apartments.
Quixote Village opened on Christmas Eve, 2013, and has provided quality housing, stability, community, as well as staff and peer support for people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and untreated mental illness.
Quixote Village photos courtesy of Ted Ransom
PANZA—TINY HOUSE JUSTICE
We can do this. We must do this.
A great country—and great communities— take care of their own.
We must rise to the challenge. We must stand up for our veterans, the men and women who did what many of us were not able to, who have selflessly protected our very way of life.
If you believe in this kind of innovation and that we can overcome the greatest of challenges, then won’t you please make a donation so that these tiny house villages for veterans in need can become a reality sooner than ever.
Let’s solve this challenge together.