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  2. Quixote Village grew from the vision of a self-governing tent camp of homeless adults in Olympia, Washington. The Village consists of 30 tiny cottages, a large vegetable garden and a community building that contains showers, laundry facilities, a communal kitchen and living and dining space. Village residents moved from Camp Quixote to the Village on Christmas Eve, 2013.

    The Village is supported by Panza, a non-profit organization that grew out of the many faith communities that hosted and sustained Camp Quixote during its 6+ years of existence.

    Panza welcomes your interest in and support of this sensible, affordable and innovative approach to helping people who have been homeless build better lives.

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  3. The Lopez Community Land Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit, building a diverse, sustainable Lopez Island community through affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, and other dynamic rural development programs.

    LCLT’s purposes are to acquire and hold land in trust in order to provide for permanently affordable housing; to build homes and use lands in an environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner; to provide permanently affordable access to land for such purposes as quality housing, sustainable agriculture and forestry, cottage industries and co-operatives by forever removing the land from the speculative market; to develop and exercise responsible and ecological practices, which preserve, protect and enhance the land’s natural attributes; and to serve as a model in land stewardship and community development by providing information, resources and expertise.

    Produced by the Thriving Communities Initiative and REEL WITNESS films for the Whidbey Institute, whidbeyinstitute.org/thriving-communities.

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  4. Hearts and Hammers of South Whidbey Island is a local non-profit organization that brings together hundreds of volunteers annually to help repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone.

    In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, homeowners receive labor and materials at no cost to them thanks to the contributions and support of the larger community, including individual volunteers, churches, service and community organizations and local businesses.

    A typical volunteer effort would include repairs and renovations possible within the scope of a one day work party; projects such as carpentry, plumbing and electrical repairs, painting, weatherization, roof and gutter repair, yard cleanup, and trash removal, the installation of wheelchair ramps, railings and grab bars.

    Produced by the Thriving Communities Initiative and REEL WITNESS films for the Whidbey Institute, whidbeyinstitute.org/thriving-communities.

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  5. Green, earth-friendly, energy-efficient housing does not need to be more expensive than conventional housing when approached with smart building technology. We all live better when we are connected, and the built environment can help facilitate this connection with the way homes are orientated to each other. Thriving Communities design principles naturally arise out of this vision.

    Thriving Communities, LLC, is a real estate development company that integrates community design with healthy building technology—far beyond the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards and far beyond conventional green building—to generate solid financial returns for impact investors and life-improving social returns for residents.

    Their vision for Thriving Communities arises out of the foundational truth that all people, regardless of income or status, deserve healthy, beautiful homes where they feel safe.

    Produced by the Thriving Communities Initiative and REEL WITNESS films for the Whidbey Institute, whidbeyinstitute.org/thriving-communities.

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Thriving Communities IV: Lens on Shelter

Whidbey Institute Plus

What if everyone had . . .
⁃ Access to housing?
⁃ A safe place to sleep every night?
⁃ The ability to stay in their own homes as they age?
⁃ Choices for sustainable living?
⁃ The opportunity to own a home, even without qualifying for traditional…


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What if everyone had . . .
⁃ Access to housing?
⁃ A safe place to sleep every night?
⁃ The ability to stay in their own homes as they age?
⁃ Choices for sustainable living?
⁃ The opportunity to own a home, even without qualifying for traditional financing?
⁃ And end to the cycle of homelessness?

At our 2015 Thriving Communities Conference: Lens on Shelter, March 19—21, we highlighted specific solutions. Learn more: whidbeyinstitute.org/event/thriving-communities-2015/

What if people could stay in their homes and be safe?
Hearts & Hammers – South Whidbey, WA

How does affordable housing impact a community?
Lopez Community Land Trust – Lopez Island, WA

How do we shelter youth needing immediate and long-term assistance?
Cocoon House – Everett, WA

How can a community nightmare became a community opportunity for the homeless?
Quixote Village – Olympia, WA

What unique choices are available for multiple generations living in a changing world?
Pocket Communities – Ross Chapin Architects

How can we meet the needs of the world today?
Affordable Ecovillages

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