Advocate Today for 300 New Tiny Houses
in 2021 Budget
We need your support today to ensure that City Council includes funding for expanding tiny houses villages for people experiencing homelessness in the 2021 budget. Mayor Durkan's proposed 2021 Budget does not include any funding for additional tiny house villages, despite their success in both safely sheltering and moving people into permanent housing during the ongoing homelessness and COVID-19 crises.

Councilmembers Lewis, Sawant, Morales, and Strauss are advocating for more tiny house villages. LIHI has identified multiple sites for tiny house villages and a network of community heroes like you ready and eager to set them up! We just need the political will from the Mayor to make this a reality.

LIHI advocates for 300 new tiny house sited at six new tiny house villages.

Please reach out to City Council today, and urge them to include funding for additional tiny house villages. Email the entire City Council at

In addition to emailing City Council, please provide public comment at Tuesday's Council meeting.
Today, October 27 at 5:30 pm, the Seattle City Council Select Budget Committee will meet to receive public comment for the 2021 budget to inform their discussion going forward.

Public comment can be received through virtual by-phone testimony and/or by an email. Better yet, do both! Email the entire City Council at, and tell them why you support more tiny house villages. Please include "Public Comment" in the subject title which makes it officially part of testimony.

Important: Sign up for testimony begins exactly 2 hours before the 5:30 pm meeting, so at 3:30 pm. It's recommended to sign up right away when it becomes available. Typically each person is given 1 minute to testify so plan to be both powerful and concise in your words.

Sign up here (Today, Oct 27) at 3:30 pm to testify for the hearing that starts at 5:30 pm.

Story from Theresa Hohman, LIHI Tiny House Village Program Manager: 
"I have seen firsthand how villages change people’s lives. The most joyful person I’ve ever met lived at one of our villages: she would sing beautiful songs and always had a smile. Yet in her house alone, in the middle of the night, she would scream and argue with someone we could not see. The other villagers were sometimes unkind - so we talked in our weekly community meetings about the importance of patience and kindness.  Traditional shelters would not have been able to accommodate her but our Tiny House Village program could. Today she is housed in an apartment community that has the resources to help her thrive. I will always carry her (and all of our villagers) in my heart. Please continue to fund the opening of more tiny house villages. They are inexpensive, immediate and effective."

Thank you for your advocacy and support!

- Sharon Lee
- Executive Director
- Low Income Housing Institute
Othello Park Apts. Going Up!
Othello Park Apartments, located across from Othello Park at 7345 43rd Ave. S in Seattle, will feature 106 units of much needed affordable housing in a gentrifying area by Othello Light Rail Station. Housing is for veterans, seniors and low-income working families. Construction is slated to be completed in Spring of 2021.
Contractor: Walsh Construction Co.
Architect: Runberg Architecture Group. 
New Tacoma Village Opening December 2020!
The City of Tacoma is breaking ground on our latest village in Tacoma today! The village will include 40 tiny houses for individuals, couples, and families experiencing homelessness along with a community kitchen, hygiene facilities, case management, and 24/7 staffing. The village is set to open December 2020 through July 2023 on property owned by the First Christian Church of Tacoma. Learn more about the development here.

"We think the tiny house community will make our community safer, more welcoming, more whole,' said First Christian Church of Tacoma Sr. Pastor Barbara Blaisdell during Tuesday’s council meeting.

If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved with our volunteer efforts at this site, email our Tiny House Village Essential Needs Coordinator, Amanda Eason (
Housing for All!
Sharon Lee
Executive Director
Low Income Housing Institute