February 16, 2016

Tiny House Village Opens!
1419 22nd Ave. Seattle (Central Area) 

Photo by Whitney Rearick

LIHI is thrilled to announce that the Tiny House Village has opened.  Scores of volunteers came to multiple work parties over the last few weeks to help finish the village, which opened January 23rd.  Big thanks to all the volunteers!

Loft and Dining Room

King County Councilmember Larry Gossett with LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee  
But we aren't stopping here.  Plans are underway for Othello Village, featuring tiny houses and raised tent sites, near the Othello Street light rail station. 

Stranger Article "New City-Sanctioned Homeless Encampment Coming to Othello". 
Proposed Site Plan for Othello Encampment (subject to change)

LIHI to Develop Fire Station 39 Site in Lake City

Mayor Murray Announcing Lake City Initiative

LIHI's new project on the site of the old Fire Station 39 was announced on February 11th as part of the Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's press conference on integrated city planning in the Lake City neighborhood.

KIRO video
Mayor's Press Release

The location is 12705 30th Ave NE. The project will be workforce housing, around 70 units in a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. There will be four preschool classrooms on the first floor. Construction is slated to start in August 2017 and finish in October 2018.
LIHI to Manage Car Camping Sites in Ballard and West Seattle

LIHI has been selected by the city of Seattle to manage "safe lots" in Ballard and West Seattle where homeless car campers can park in a secure, managed lot.  Case management services to help campers will be provided by Compass Housing Alliance.

For more info please see Real Change Story and Seattle Times Story.

Proposed Site Plan (subject to change)

Advising Honolulu

Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa, Sharon Lee, Hawaii Governor David Ige

After recent visits to Seattle by Honolulu City Councilmembers Joey Manahan and Trevor Ozawa, where they visited LIHI's housing, encampments, and Urban Rest Stops, the City of Honolulu extended an invitation to LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee to come to Honolulu.  Sharon was delighted to accept and shared LIHI's experience and expertise on hygiene centers, homeless encampments, tiny house villages, and affordable housing development with local and state officials.

Related story in Honolulu Star Advisertiser
Thanks for your support!
Sharon Lee
Executive Director
Low Income Housing Institute