30-cottage village opens for Olympia homeless

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A village for the homeless opened on Christmas Eve in Olympia.

Camp Quixote has 30 small cottages -- just 150 square feet, but room for a bed, desk and half-bathroom. Kitchen, laundry, showers and mailboxes are in a common clubhouse.

The Olympian reports Camp Quixote grew out of a 2007 protest for the homeless in downtown Olympia.

The driving force behind the $3.1 million project is a nonprofit group called Panza. It's leasing the site from Thurston County for $1 a year.

Camp Quixote is a self-governing community. Residents agree to pay one-third of their income toward rent.

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