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The Kenton Women's Village is a transitional housing community for women experiencing homelessness, providing sleeping pods to individuals with common facilities shared by all of the residents. The first Kenton Women's Village was created through the POD Initiative, which brought architects and designers together with housing advocates and people with lived experience with homelessness to explore the village model as one avenue for addressing Portland's housing crisis. Due to the success of this pilot project, Kenton Women's Village is getting a new and longer term home in the Kenton neighborhood at the corner of N. Argyle Way and N. Columbia Blvd. As part of this new effort, contractors from throughout the city have agreed to take on the construction of new pods (21 in total!) based on three designs from SRG Partnership, Scott Edwards Architects, and PSU's Center for Public Interest Design. This open house immediately follows the completion of the pods and a chance to see how each team customized their unit.
PSU's Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) is a research, education, and design center aimed at serving traditionally underserved populations through community engaged design practices. CPID was instrumental in creating the POD Initiative and Kenton Women's Village, in addition to other work around homelessness and affordable housing.
SRG Partnership is a full-service architecture, planning, and interiors firm who led the site design and pod efforts for the new Kenton Women's Village.