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Bobby Wagner Makes Major Contribution 
to All Nine Seattle Tiny House Villages

On July 24th, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and his team, embarking on a new philanthropic journey, "Bwagz Sees You," visited all nine of LIHI's Seattle tiny house homeless villages.  Wagner and his team delivered much needed food, equipment, hygiene products and other supplies to Northlake, Interbay, Othello, Camp Second Chance, Tiny House, Georgetown, Whittier Heights, True Hope and Lake Union Villages. These villages, with the help of dedicated volunteers and LIHI staff, are currently serving hundreds of homeless individuals and families.
 
In addition to visiting and delivering supplies, Wagner purchased nine tiny houses to aid in the development of more village sites. "We wake up in the morning maybe concerned about what's on social media whereas, I feel like they may wake up wondering where they will get their next meal and supplies from. When times are hard they probably ask themselves if anyone sees them or if anyone can help. I want them to know that I do," stated Wagner.
It is no secret that Wagner is a man for the people. In the past few months, he has fought against childhood hunger with, "Tackling Weekend Hunger," hosted "Pro-Bowling with Bobby Wagner" for underserved kids, presented "Walk with Wagner" to bring Stroke Awareness to the Seattle area, participated in Safeway Sweepstakes raising $50,000 for charity and made many personal donations to aid in the development of our youth.

"BWagz Sees you" is possible due to contributors such as Hertz (transport van providers), Riveting Wrap (vehicle wrap sponsor), Costco (partial supply donor), and Bucca Di Beppo Italian: Seattle (hot meal support). Initiative is being coordinated by Wagner's team Element13 Marketing & Management and La Shanda Hurst. 
 
For more information or to schedule an interview with Bobby Wagner, please contact phorton@elmnt13.com or 216.556.2881.

 
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Microsoft Interns Build Planters for Tiny House Villages

On Friday Aug 26th, the Low Income Housing Institute participated in Microsoft's Intern Fair as a volunteer opportunity for interns. Throughout the day volunteers built and painted 60 planter boxes, built garden beds and learned about the homelessness crisis in Seattle. It was a great day filled with good conversation and hard work.  
Top L: Becca Finkes sharing info about LIHI; Top R: The LIHI team
Bottom L: Microsoft interns building planter boxes; Interns showing off their work
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Sharon Lee Presents on Tiny Houses
to LA Mayor Garcetti  and Getty Foundation 

On July 10th, Sharon Lee presented on the need for permanent supportive housing and tiny houses as part of a panel of housing experts convened by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Getty Foundation Board to discuss a number of exciting innovations from the private and public sector that enhance and rethink how we deliver housing solutions to persons experiencing homelessness. Over 300 local government officials, nonprofits, builders, and businesses attended this event as part of Engage LA at the Getty House, the mayor's home. 
Mayor Garcetti (L) with Sharon Lee and other panelists
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LIHI & Sons of Haiti Attend Enterprise's
Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

In mid-July, LIHI and development partners the Sons of Haiti traveled to Cleveland to participate in Enterprise's Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI).  Over three days, they and attendees participated in a design charrette to brainstorm improvements to their project designs.
Top: Design workshops; Bottom L: Sharon Lee; Bottom R: the Sons of Haiti Team: 
Kwame Morrow, Mac Lewis, and Ray Hall
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Hope Corps Teens Help Out

In June, a group of teens from Hope Corps joined us for a day of service. Volunteers landscaped the front and back lawn of LIHI's Cedar House and fixed the fencing. The volunteers came from across the country to spend the summer serving in Seattle.

 
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Happy summer!
  
       
  
Sharon Lee
Executive Director
Low Income Housing Institute