Date: Thursday, Sept. 19

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Room: Galleria III


  • Jeff Albanese, Program Director, SquareOne Villages
  • Rose Bak, Director of Housing and Homeless Services, Catholic Charities of Oregon
  • Victory LaFara, Dignity Village Program Specialist, JOIN
  • Lisa Larson, Chairperson, Dignity Village
  • Ibrahim Mubarek, Executive Director, Right2Survive
  • Americo Hernandez, Village Manager, Do Good Multnomah

Faced with an ongoing homeless crisis in Oregon, multiple communities have developed transitional housing villages as a strategy for bridging the gap between living on the streets and conventional housing. Panelists will explore this creative and bold response whether creating self-managed or nonprofit managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people in need of housing. Representatives will highlight success stories including Opportunity Village in Eugene, the Kenton Women’s Village (Argyle Village) and Dignity Village in Portland, and the Clackamas County Veterans Village near the city of Clackamas. What are the challenges they’ve faced overcoming zoning regulations and neighborhood concerns? How have they been similar and unique in their approaches to the design-build process for these small footprint homes, strategies for building a sense of community and resident self-governance, as well as how they’ve gone about building collaborations with area businesses and nonprofits.