30-cottage village opens for Olympia homeless

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A village for the homeless opened on Christmas Eve in Olympia.

Camp Quixote (kee-HOH'-tay) has 30 small cottages - just 150 square feet, but room for a bed, desk and half-bathroom. Kitchen, laundry, showers and mailboxes are in a common clubhouse.

The Olympian reports Camp Quixote grew out of a 2007 protest for the homeless in downtown Olympia.

The driving force behind the $3.1 million project is a nonprofit group called Panza. It's leasing the site from Thurston County for $1 a year.

Camp Quixote is a self-governing community. Residents agree to pay one-third of their income toward rent.