People living near 18th and Yesler will gather Tuesday night to learn more about a plan to bring more neighbors to the area in a new Tiny House Village project from the Low Income Housing Institute.
“This new village will shelter homeless families, homeless students, seniors, veterans, singles and people with pets,” the announcement from LIHI says.
Tuesday’s community meeting is one of two gatherings planned to discuss the project that is envisioned for vacant land across from the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in the Central District.
LIHI “will operate the village and help people obtain long-term housing and employment” while its church partners in the project New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Truevine of Holiness Missionary Baptist Church “provide services, clothing, blankets, donations, and meals.”
LIHI operates similar villages across the city including the cluster of small houses at 22nd and Union. The community is self managed and residents hold meetings to work on the management of the camp. The village also helps tenants save money and eventually move into standard housing as residents only pay a small amount for utilities and rent can be paid by working security shifts and earning participation credits. Each house costs roughly $2,200 in materials.
So-called “bridge housing” like the villages has risen in favor in Seattle under the Durkan administration and somewhere around $2 million of the expected $48 million in revenue from the new big business head tax would be apportioned for similar projects.
UPDATE 5/23/2018: 400 employees from Seattle’s Vulcan will come together Friday to build the new homes, the company announced Wednesday:
Vulcan Converge will take place at CenturyLink Field Event Center from 8am to 4pm where Vulcan employees, along with LIHI and contractors from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington, will build 30 tiny houses that are 8’ x 12’, the size of a small bedroom. The tiny homes are more than just four walls – they will be insulated, heated, with windows, porches and locking doors. Construction industry experts, led by nine AGC contractors, will be leading and instructing volunteers onsite.
“It is impossible to miss the homeless crisis all around us, so I am personally gratified to see so many of our employees volunteering to tackle this project,” Bill Hilf, Vulcan CEO, said in the announcement. “Hundreds of employees from Vulcan, the Seahawks, the Allen Institute, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and MoPOP will step up to contribute their time and energies to make a contribution toward addressing this problem.”
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