No wrongdoing found at Kenton Women's Village
Catholic Charities concluded an investigation into allegations of illegal activity at the Kenton Women's Village and found there were no violations.
The investigation followed claims of drug activity made by a former member of the Village Coalition, which championed the village's formation, and sent via a Nov. 10 email.
"We are dismayed by the immediate assumption of guilt and misconduct that was promoted by the allegation received on Nov. 10," Catholic Charities said in a prepared statement.
The nonprofit lamented that the accusations served to stigmatize homelessness, when its probe found a "normal, healthy and busy village," including day-to-day comings and goings of visitors and frequent interactions among friends and acquaintances.
The tiny-home village in North Portland started in June and is six months into a yearlong pilot project meant to transition formerly homeless women into permanent housing. Catholic Charities manages the site.
The nonprofit noted it received clarification from the city about its authority to remove residents if warranted.
"Individuals in the program develop a service plan and agree to engage actively in preparing for permanent housing and follow program rules, which includes adherence to village rules and city laws. As such, Catholic Charities may exclude participants and remove clients from the village for violations," the statement reads.
The nonprofit said it will follow up on other issues raised recently, including that the homes are too cold for winter.