Today, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) announced Lake Union Village, an existing tiny house village in the South Lake Union neighborhood, has expanded by 20 units and is now accepting new referrals from the Navigation Team. This expansion brings Lake Union Village’s total capacity to 42 units. The increased capacity was announced in March, when Mayor Durkan exercised her emergency powers to expedite the siting and opening of emergency shelter to support people living unsheltered during the COVID-19 crisis.
Lake Union Village was established in 2018 and is operated by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). Services at the village will increase to accommodate new residents referred to the village by the Navigation Team. Services include housing case management from LIHI and behavioral health support provided by LifeLong.
This expansion builds on the City’s efforts to create 95 new safe spaces for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier today, the City announced the opening of another tiny house village, T.C. Spirit Village, which is a part of this effort to create more shelter for COVID-19 response and is also a Navigation Team referral shelter.