On Friday, February 1, City of Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly joined community members and representatives from nearly 20 general contractors for an event to kick off construction of 21 new housing pods. 13 of the new pods will be for the Kenton Women’s Village. Participating contractors will donate the materials and labor to construct the new pods and will add their own custom touches to one of three pod designs. When complete in April, the new pods and six existing pods will provide transitional housing in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood for women experiencing homelessness. Support and services for the women are provided by Catholic Charities of Oregon. Since opening in 2015, 20 women who have stayed in the village have moved into permanent housing. The new pods will be unveiled at an event on April 5 when contractors will compete for prizes such as best customization and best in show. For more information on Kenton Women’s Village or the Pod Building challenge, visit here.