(Please do not expect to be given a house, bed, or place to sleep right away. There is a waiting list for our housing structures and our shelter is only open in the Winter)
Dignity Village Inc.
Revised: December 30, 2014
What we do is based on love and respect for each other and ourselves. There will be no disrespect here based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, race, gender, disability, age, lifestyle choices, previous arrest record, and/or economic status. We all demand DIGNITY!
We seek to create a green, sustainable urban Village for those who are seeking shelter but are unable to find it. We feel it’s necessary to establish a community-based living facility where people living on the streets can have their basic needs met in a stable, sanitary environment free from violence, theft, disruption of peace, and drugs and alcohol.
What do you want to expect from Dignity Village?
What can you contribute to Dignity Village?
To stay at Dignity Village, you must agree to and follow our 5 Basic Rules:
- No violence to yourself or others.
- No theft
- No alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia on-site or within a 1-block radius
- No constant disruptive behavior
- Everyone must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the Village. Everyone must do a minimum of 10 hours “sweat” equity a week.
Additionally, everyone must pay the required insurance fee of $35.00 by the 5th day of every month.
We would like to see your efforts into becoming a member of the Village by showing us what your goals are. We will help you achieve these goals the best way we can. We are not permanent housing. Show us you are looking for a job, or housing– anything to help achieve these goals. You have a maximum of 2 years from the date you become a resident to find alternative housing. This is mandated by our contract and is not up for debate.
If you need help finding resources, any one of the Council, Board Officers, or the Outreach Coordinators can help you. We are here to help you move forward. We do not allow any kind of drugs or alcohol on the premises. If you have a drug or alcohol problem we as a Village have counselors here at the weekly NA and AA meetings, which are free to anyone who attends and is strictly confidential. If you are caught with either on the property, it is an automatic 86 from the Village and is not negotiable.
Please don’t let these rules discourage you as we are to help anyone we can. I understand that Dignity Village is incorporated as a membership based nonprofit organization. By signing this agreement, I become eligible for membership, according to the terms of the by-laws and recommendation of the Village Intact Committee. In addition, our participatory culture of Dignity Village, I understand it is sometimes necessary to convene meetings of the members or Village Councilors with less advance notice than is required by ORS Chapter 65. Therefore, in signing this agreement, I agree to forego and forfeit the rights to an advance notice of emergency meetings by the Membership or Village Council as provided by section 4.10.1 of the Dignity Village by-laws.
I have read the Dignity Village Entrance Agreement and agree with its terms, and I agree to live by these terms and the rules of the Village.