Dozens of South Lake Union neighbors participated in a community meeting on Thursday, May 31, to hear about tiny house villages as part of the City of Seattle’s response to unsheltered homelessness. Representatives from the City’s Human Services Department (HSD), Navigation Team and the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) participated in a panel discussion with interested neighbors.
The City currently hosts seven permitted villages in Othello (7544 MLK Jr. Way S.); Northlake (3814 4th Ave. NE); West Seattle (9701 Myers Way); Interbay (1601 15th Ave. W.); Georgetown (1000 S. Myrtle St.); Licton Springs (8620 Nesbit Ave N.) and Whittier Heights (8030 15th Ave. NW), which offer a safer location to live for more than 300 people on any given night.
As part of her plan to address the crisis of homelessness in Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed a new permitted village in South Lake Union (800 Aloha St) which could provide tiny homes, hygiene services, and access to case management for over 50 people every night. The decision to site a village in South Lake Union is subject to site testing and approval by the Seattle City Council. Mayor Durkan transmitted legislation for the Council to consider on Friday, June 1.
- The City will conduct air quality testing at the site this week as part of assessing the feasibility of a Village at this location
- To ensure that the site at 800 Aloha St can safely host a village, the City will conduct air quality testing.
- On Tuesday, June 5, one tiny home will arrive on site.
- The City will conduct tests this week and will remove the structure when the tests have been completed.
- The City Council will consider Mayor Durkan’s plan to build safer places for over 500 people experiencing homelessness in Seattle
- Mayor Durkan transmitted legislation to the Council on June 1 to consider her plan to build safer places for over 500 people in Seattle. Her plan includes:
- A South Lake Union Village
- Expanding shelter at City Hall to serve an additional 120 people per night
- Creating a bridge housing project for 100 people
- Attend the next community meeting on Thursday, June 28
- The City will host a second meeting to respond to questions asked and receive input from neighbors about the proposed South Lake Union Village.
- The meeting will be at 415 Westlake from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m on Thursday, June 28.
The City of Seattle is coming together to help our neighbors living unsheltered move into safer places, toward a permanent home and better future. Learn more about Mayor Durkan’s approach to helping people experiencing homelessness here.