Olympia Mitigation Site for Homeless Opens to Residents

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Tiny houses are beginning to fill the space of the new Quince Village on the site of the former Quality Inn hotel in Olympia.

Tiny houses are beginning to fill the space of the new Quince Village on the site of the former Quality Inn hotel in Olympia.

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After four years near the downtown Intercity Transit station, the Olympia Homeless Mitigation Site opens in its new location at 1211 Quince St. SE and begins accepting residents.

Last week, people began moving from the Franklin Street Mitigation Site to the Quince Street Village. The new site is set to house around 100 people in total, with 80 tiny houses and more on the way. According to a press release from the City of Olympia, Faith Alliance for Tiny Houses will soon begin construction on 17 additional units which will be in place by the end of September.

The city’s homeless response team plans to relocate all residents by the end of the month.

Residents will have electricity and heat, and homes are outfitted with mold-resistant paint and drywall. There are also laundry facilities and several toilets and showers. Each tiny house has a bed and a tote to store your belongings.

A donation from The Home Depot will provide funds for site beautification, including garden beds and flowers.

Catholic Community Services will manage and staff Quince Street Village under contract with the city. The subcontractor Valeo Vocation, an association providing access to income and support, will bring its staff to the site.

The plan is that one day permanent supportive housing will be built in place of the site.

Olympia Deputy City Manager Keith Stahley said the original site was launched on a shoestring four years ago and has been evolving ever since.

“Quince Street Village is a major step forward in terms of services and facilities for residents and the community,” Stahley said in the statement.

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