About Us

  • Quixote Village is a self-governing community of 30 previously homeless adults.
  • The Village consists of 30 tiny (144 sq. ft interior) cottages, and a community building that contains a shared kitchen, dining area, living room, showers, laundry, and office and meeting space.
  • The Village site is 2.17 acres, and includes space for a large vegetable garden and personal “door yard” gardens in front of each cottage.
  • The Village is staffed by a full-time Program Manager and a part-time Resident Advocate.
  • The Village is supported by Panza, a 501C3 non-profit organization.  (Panza is named for Sancho Panza, the servant of Don Quixote in the Cervantes novel.)

How to Apply for Residence at the Village

  • The Village opened full, because its initial residents all moved from Camp Quixote.
  • Quixote Village has a waiting list. If you are interested in applying for residency at the Village, please contact Sidewalk at (360)515-5587 to see if you qualify.
  • In general, the admission process will include an initial interview with Sidewalk and Village staff to determine eligibility, followed by an interview with the Resident Council’s Executive Committee and an opportunity to meet Village residents.
  • Background checks are required; residents may not have outstanding warrants, a recent history of violence or theft, and may not be sex offenders.
  • Village residents are expected to be clean and sober; urine analysis may occur.

History

  • In February, 2007, a homeless camp was established in a downtown Olympia parking lot to protest a city ordinance that forbade sitting or lying on a sidewalk.  When police threatened to break up the camp, a local church offered campers sanctuary on their grounds.
  • The founders of Camp Quixote hoped to find land a build a village for themselves, consisting of tiny houses and a shared building that would house showers, laundry, and cooking facilities.
  • For the next six+ years, the camp moved from one church parking lot to another every three to six months under the terms of an ordinance that regulated it.
  • Panza, a non-profit organization, was created to support the camp.  Panza and the camp’s Resident Council worked together to build Quixote Village.
  • Camp Quixote residents left their tents behind and moved into the Village on December 24, 2013.

What the Village Cost

  • The total cost to build the entire Village was $3.05 million.  (This includes all development costs, infrastructure, materials, labor, the community building, permits, fees, required road improvements, donated land and services etc.)
  • The cost for each cottage was about $19,000.
  • Thurston County leased us the land for $1 a year for 41 years. (The value of the land is about $333,000.)
  • We had substantial donated services from our architect, our civil engineer, and others.
  • IF we divide the total cost of the Village, including donated land and services, by the number of cottages, then the cost per unit would be $101,567 per unit.  The average cost for studio apartments for low-income people is about $200,000 per unit.
  • However, what we actually PAID for the Village was just under $88,000 per unit, because we didn’t have to buy the land or pay full price for some high-value services such as architecture and engineering.

Where the Money Came From

  • $1.5 million in the state capital budget, which came through the state Department of Commerce’s Housing Trust Fund
  • $699,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant funding that came through Thurston County and the City of Olympia
  • $170,000 in Thurston County funding from state document recording fees
  • $215,000 in community donations, including the Nisqually and Chehalis Tribes, the Boeing Employees’ Fund, and individual donors