Why Villages?

Homeless villages offer residents what shelters often can’t: a sense of safety and a chance to reconnect

Bob Brimmer says that if he hadn’t found Hazelnut Grove, he probably would have “gone the wino route of homelessness.” PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: Adam Wickham.
Residents share an outdoor kitchen at Hazelnut Grove, which has no running water or wired electricity. PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: Adam Wickham

Keys to Healing

Dignity Village, shown in March, turns 17 years old this year. PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: Lyndsey Hewitt.
One Dignity Village tiny house being restored by Rick Proudfoot, the village’s spokesman, features a wooden sculpture of a dragonfly above its door. Photo by Thacher Schmid.

People Who Know You

Hazelnut Grove residents Tequila Gordon (left), and Loki Hamilton build a flower box for the tiny-house village. PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: Adam Wickham.

Moving Forward

The 96-square-foot “sleeping pods” at Kenton Women’s Village, which opened in June, don’t provide much living space, but they do offer residents a safe place to sleep and to store belongings. PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: Jaime Valdez.

We are all poor due to the broken social safety net in the United States, the world’s richest nation. Portfolio, bio, contact: ThacherSchmid.com

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