January 20, 2014 

MLK Jr. Day at Cate Apartments


MLK Jr. Poster created by children living
at Cate Apartmentson January 19th
Each year the United Way of King County holds a county-wide volunteer event on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Groups came out in support of LIHI's Cate Apartments and the U-District Urban Rest Stop as part of the event. The children at the Cate Apartments participated in a peace and justice themed arts and crafts project and the U-District received a new coat of paint and a deep clean. 

Upbeat on Jackson Concert Series Presents:

Jim Page and Reggie Garrett

January 24th, 7:30 - Ernestine Anderson Place

2010 S. Jackson Street, Seattle


The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods are pleased to announce the next show in the Upbeat on Jackson Community Concert Series at Ernestine Anderson Place:  singer/song-writers Jim Page and Reggie Garrett on January 24th.




Jim Page grew up surrounded by the political and social movements of the 1960s. These experiences stayed with him from an early age and greatly impacted the course of his music. Now a world-renowned musician, he continues to write and play music with a message. Jim's activism mixed with his personal blend of folk and rock has earned him a title as one of the "50 Most Influential Musicians in Seattle History." Perhaps one of Jim's most influential acts was his lead role in legalizing Seattle street busking.


Reggie Garrett is another fantastic Seattle artist. He performs mostly original songs mixed with pop covers and more traditional style folk ballads. He is the purveyor of a unique urban strain of acoustic folk and soul music. He has been greatly influenced by a diverse range of genres, including: Latin rhythms, blues, gospel, Celtic and more. His sound has been compared to everything from Bob Dylan to Bill Withers.




Each artist will perform solo, doing both mesmerizing originals and covers, and will also team up for an all too rare duet performance.


All Upbeat on Jackson shows are FREE and open to the public. Free snacks are also included.  Events take place at Ernestine Anderson Place, 2010 S. Jackson St., Seattle. The building is named for Seattle resident Ernestine Anderson, one of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. The concert series is meant to honor Ms. Anderson's musical legacy and bring community members together to create fun and entertaining events that celebrate the history of the neighborhood. The series also allows LIHI to bring high-quality music to seniors and low income people who don't often have access to events of this nature.


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Mayor Murray Supports Tent Encampments


Nickelsville on Dearborn Ave.

In a bold move for the Mayor, he announced that he will propose an ordinance to allow up to three new permitted encampments in Seattle at any one time. This proposed ordinance, which will be forwarded to the Seattle City Council, will not impact the current encampments sponsored by religious institutions. The ordinance will instead add to the number of encampments by allowing City-owned land to be used as encampment sites. The new encampments will have strict regulations to follow, but this is the first time a Seattle Mayor has shown such support for tent cities and homeless encampments.


"Permitted encampments are not, in my view, a long-term strategy to end homelessness. But planned, organized encampments have less impact on our neighborhoods and provide a safer environment than what we see on our streets today," stated Mayor Murray.


The three encampments will be able to shelter up to 100 people at each site and will be required to move once every 12 months. The sites cannot be located in residential areas or public parks, must be located near transit, and cannot be within one mile of another encampment site. Locations that fit these criteria may be difficult to find. It will be interesting to see which sites are ultimately proposed and accepted.


In another proposed change, the three City encampments do not have to be sponsored by a religious institution. A social service agency can support the City encampments, but they must follow numerous requirements. The selected agencies will need to provide case management services and collect data for the City. There will also be community notification protocols and insurance requirements in place. The City of Seattle will provide staffing and resources to help walk agencies through the process.


"We have not seen the proposed legislation from the Mayor yet, but we are thrilled that he is supporting the use of City-owned property for tent city encampments," said Sharon Lee, Executive Director of LIHI and member of the Task Force. "For homeless families and individuals, it is much better to be living in a safe, well-run tent city than to be out alone sleeping on the streets. Too many homeless people have died from violence and exposure."  


Councilmember Mike O'Brien summed up the sentiment of the Mayor's proposal by stating: "Shelter is a basic human right. As leaders of the City we all have an obligation to make sure that everyone in our community has access to a safe place to sleep." 


Welcome Baskets for

Cheryl Chow Court  


LIHI's newest building, Cheryl Chow Court, accepted its first resident on January 15th.  Ballard and surrounding communities have been very welcoming of our arrival to the neighborhood. Several organizations have contributed donations of clothing, cleaning supplies and hygiene items for the new residents. LIHI would especially like to thank the Seattle Jaycees, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless for contributing items for the resident welcome baskets. Thanks to these gracious donations we've been able to completely furnish several of the units.  

LIHI staff display welcome basket items


Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day 2015
February 17 at the Capitol in Olympia

On Tuesday, February 17, join LIHI, the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and advocates from across the state to tell elected officials that you support affordable housing, and programs to prevent and end homelessness.


Last year LIHI sent a team of 28 resident and staff advocates from 12 legislative districts who attended over 20 face-to-face meetings with their lawmakers to advocate for homes for all. This February, you have an opportunity to be a part of this very important day of action!


As a LIHI supporter, you have a very valuable perspective. You are proof that the community cares very deeply about ending homelessness, and your elected officials need to hear from you! At the Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day (HHAD), you will have the chance to speak with your legislators face-to-face to simply share with them why our cause is important to you, and why you choose to support LIHI and the Urban Rest Stop.


The day includes: 

  • Workshops on how to talk to your elected officials and be the most effective advocate possible.
  • Inside information and timely updates on affordable housing and homelessness legislation.
  • Meetings with your lawmakers for which you'll be provided with key messages, documents to leave with your legislators, and support to share your story.
  • An opportunity to build the power of a strong and growing movement for affordable housing and an end to homelessness.

Want to learn more? Read what Urban Rest Stop volunteer Michelle shared about her HHAD experience on our volunteer blog


If you are ready to take fighting homelessness to the next level, then please join the Housing Alliance and LIHI on February 17 in Olympia for the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day! Click here to register today!


To join LIHI's HHAD delegation, email LIHI VolunteerProgram Coordinator Mercedes Elizalde or call 206-957-8067. We will be coordinating rides for low income residents of LIHI - Please contact us by February 9th if you need transportation assistance!  

We are thankful for you support!
Sharon Lee
Executive Director
Low Income Housing Institute