Monday, 2 March, 2011 (view larger)
Members of the Olympia Planning Commission heard public comments about a proposal to create Quixote Village, which would offer more permanent shelter for people suffering with homelessness. In the above photo, Jill Severn starts out the public hearing, just before 7pm. The hearing lasted for about an hour and a half. On a table in front of the Commissioners is a small model of what the village might look like.
The majority of the comments were in favor of the Quixote Village proposal. There were two or three commenters who expressed concern. They were adjacent property owners of the proposed location, which is in the Mottman Indusrial Park, on land that the County (Thurston) has offered to donate. The opposition was based on the possibility that residents might be disturbed by industrial activity, which can take place late into the night. Opposition was also based on the possibility that industrial tenants might not like the village.
Still, most of the comments were in favor. Supportive commenters ranged from members of faith communities, to hosts and residents of the current incarnation of Camp Quixote. Some camp members talked about the importance of Camp Quixote to regaining stability in their lives, despite difficult circumstances, like health emergencies.
The Planning Commission will accept written comments until close of business this Friday, the 6th. Then the Commission will re-convene for deliberation on the proposal on Monday, May 16th.
Three events this weekend bring Olympia's tent city, Camp Quixote, into focus. You're certainly invited to any and all.
Friday, 7:30 p.m. Traditions Cafe - 300 5th Ave SW Heartsparkle Players' Playback Theatre presents Stories of Finding Home In collaboration with Camp Quixote, an independent free-form tent city in Olympia, formed by the Poor People's Union, who believe shelter, dignity and mental and physical health to be basic human entitlements. Playback Theatre is a spontaneous collaboration between performers and audience. People tell moments from their lives, then watch them re-created with movement, music and dialogue. (downtown Olympia on the corner of 5th and Water) Cost: $5.00 to $10.00 (No one is turned away and group rates available)
Saturday 10 a.m. First Christian Church, 7th and Franklin, Olympia, Plan to participate in a public information meeting on the camp's move to this downtown faith community's covered parking lot December 29. The public is invited to learn about Camp Q, meet residents and supporters, ask questions and hear how you can individually support this community of houseless people.
Saturday 4 to 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Legion Way at Boundry St. Christmas party for Camp Q residents, friends, supporters, volunteers and just about anyone else who would like to break bread with the group. Come bake cookies, enjoy light dinner and music.
Merry Christmas from Camp Quixote.