Dignity Village is a membership-based community in NE Portland, providing shelter off the streets for 60 people a night since 2000. Dignity Village envisioned and created the first Village Model shelter in North America. The Village Model is democratically self-administrated, self-governed, and self-operated with a mission to provide shelter that fosters community and self-empowerment– a radical experiment to end homelessness.
We came out of the doorways of Portland’s streets, out from under the bridges, from under the bushes of public parks, we came openly with nothing and no longer a need to hide as Portland’s inhumane and Draconian camping ban had just been overturned on two constitutional grounds. We came armed with a vision of a better future for ourselves and for all of Portland, a vision of a green, sustainable urban village where we can live in peace and improve not only the condition of our own lives but the quality of life in Portland in general. We came in from the cold of a December day and we refuse to go back to the way things were.
Please be aware that we do not have beds available for shelter at any time other than Winter. There is nearly always a waiting list for our houses and our winter shelter is actually our greenhouse for the rest of the year. Proof of up-to-date vaccination against COVID is required for entry. Please see our Village Intake Committee process for intake details.