CARE, Inc. is looking for qualified contractors, electricians, and excavators to submit bids on three Requests for Proposals related to the proposed site plan for a Micro Shelter village for homeless residents of Tillamook County. The site plan is currently waiting for approval from the City of Tillamook, but once approved, the site will host six Micro Shelters. They went before the City of Tillamook Planning Commission on Thursday, June 27. The planning commission recommended approval and CARE, Inc. hopes to get underway shortly.
CARE, Inc. is issuing Requests for Proposals for the following projects: excavating the site where the shelters will be, connecting the shelters to an onsite power transformer, and fencing the village. Interested contractors can find the Requests for Proposals at www.careinc.org or by visiting the CARE offices at 2310 1st St., Suite 2 in Downtown Tillamook.
CARE is partnering with community and faith-based organizations to create short term solutions for people experiencing homelessness by creating the first Micro Shelter Village in Tillamook County. A micro shelter is a small, secure living space containing all of the essentials for those experiencing homelessness. The model unit CARE is using for this project is about 100 square feet. CARE is partnering with Tillamook Adventist Church and the Tillamook Christian Center to place micro shelters on their properties. The first village model, according to a press release from CARE, will be placed behind the Herald Center at the Tillamook Adventist Church.
“A few years back when the Adventist Church purchased the building and land from the Headlight Herald, we knew that this property had a bigger purpose,” said Tim Mayne, pastor of Tillamook Adventist Church, in the press release. “With the building being used for a food pantry and free clothing, showers, washers and dryers, and a community conference room, we are looking for a higher purpose for the grounds. Along with a couple of picnic tables and community garden spaces, we believed there was room for more. The Micro Shelter project is that more.”
While the micro shelter concept is new to Tillamook County, it has been successful in other communities along the west coast. Oakland, Seattle, and Portland are all currently using micro shelters as a way to tackle homelessness in their communities. The village hosted by the Tillamook Adventist Church can accommodate up to six micro shelters. All host sites have agreed to provide water, toilet, and shower facilities for residents hosted on their properties.
“Micro Shelters provide safe, secure and affordable shelter for those experiencing homelessness,” said Erin Skaar, Executive Director of CARE, Inc. “The great thing about these shelters is that they provide a safe place for those experiencing homelessness to rest and secure their belongings while they work towards transitioning to more stable, long-term housing. We are excited about the success similar projects are having elsewhere and are looking forward to bringing this model to Tillamook County.”