Volunteers sought to help build sleeping pods for homeless veterans


While Clackamas County is taking steps to respond to the needs of local homeless veterans by creating a temporary transitional shelter community in Clackamas, volunteers are needed to help build the community’s sleeping pods.

The sleeping pods will be constructed from wooden trusses, previously created by Portland State University School of Architecture students for use in their Treeline Stage design-build at Pickathon, a local music festival in Happy Valley this past summer. The prototype for the sleeping pods was designed by SRG Partnership, a Portland architecture firm, and installed at the Kenton Women’s Village in June 2016.

The building process is being led by Communitecture, which is collaborating with PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design to design the village site.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to help build the first 15 sleeping pods. Construction is taking place on the county’s Red Soils Campus in Oregon City, near the Juvenile Center at 2121 Kaen Road. No technical skills are necessary, and needed tools and equipment will be provided on-site.

Construction of the pods will begin soon. People who would like to volunteer can do so by registering through City Repair. The sign-up process provides the opportunity to choose available shifts and tasks.

Since the site will only accommodate 15 volunteers per shift, not all volunteers may be able to get their first shift choice.

Volunteer shifts are available from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

This temporary community, proposed for a vacant industrial site owned by the county’s Development Agency in unincorporated Clackamas County, will offer veterans shelter, security, safety, skill-building opportunities and a chance to build confidence in a village setting. Residents will be supported with social, behavioral and physical health services, and will be involved in governing the community.

The community will contain up to 30 sleeping pods, along with community facilities for kitchens, showers and restrooms, and a community room. The sleeping pods will be weather-resistant, insulated, vented appropriately for all-season weather, and will comply with health and safety codes. Learn more about the project on the county’s transitional housing web page.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at 503-655-8752 or sanderson@clackamas.us.