Dignity Village

, Posted: Sun, September 2 2012 at 7:25 PM, Updated: Sun, September 2 2012 at 8:02 PM

Getting off the streets to start a new and better life.

That's exactly what some people in Ashland's homeless community are hoping to do with a new program called "Dignity Village."

Representatives from a similar project in Portland are set to arrive in mid-Septmember to share their knowledge in hopes of making the program a reality here. 

The goal of the village is to provide the basic resources like showers, meals, and education to the homeless in hopes of a better life.

Ashland City Councilwoman Carol Voisin says while those resources desperately needed, Dignity Village -- which would offer a sense of community -- is just as important.

"It also provides them a space in a community where they are socializing, which is a very real need. And they have a feeling of belonging," said Voisin.

The representatives from the Portland Dignity Village will visit Ashland later this month.

Councilor Voisin also says the program will only succeed if the homeless community wants it too, and so far feedback has been positive.

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