Today Tent City 5 moved to its new home: Interbay Village by the Magnolia Bridge at 1601 15th Ave W. The site is owned by the Port of Seattle and is being leased to the City of Seattle as a tiny house village for homeless people.
The new Interbay Village, when completed, will feature 30 tiny houses with electricity and heat, a kitchen, community space, counseling office and plumbed toilet and shower facilities. Approximately 65 residents will live there.
Interbay Village will be a clean and sober community with residents participating in the daily operation of the village, including round-the-clock security shifts.
The 2017 Point in Time Count found 11,543 people in Seattle and King County experiencing homelessness. “Living in a heated and insulated tiny house in a safe village is far better than living in a cold and wet tent under a bridge,” said Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute’s Executive Director. “We thank the Port of Seattle for offering their vacant property to help people in need. We appreciate the devotion and hard work from hundreds of volunteers who built and painted thirty 8’ x 12’ tiny houses.”
LIHI is sponsoring Interbay Village with SHARE, a nonprofit organization that will manage the day-to-day operations and organize the residents to live cooperatively. The Seattle Human Services Department is providing operating and services support including funding for a case manager to help people obtain long-term housing and employment.
The organizations and groups that helped fund and/or build the tiny houses include:
- Miller Hull – built the metal “Mighty House”
- PACE – construction school built two houses
- Solstice Pot Shop – built one house
- YouthBuild – built two houses
- Bill Lichty – neighbor, built one house
- Seattle Vocational Institute – built one house
- Jefferson Allen – neighbor, built one house
- BoyScouts led by Jarred Flowers – Eagle Scout Project, built one house
- Center for Spiritual Living – built three houses
- Temple Beth Am – funded and built three houses
- Temple Beth Am, Gaby Bell Memorial House – built one house
- Chief Seattle International H.S. – built one house
- Ann Richardson – neighbor, built one house with neighborhood help
- Holy Spirit Lutheran Church – built one house
- Peace Lutheran Church – built one house
- Precision Builders Inc – built three houses
- Huber Custom Building – provided support and instructions for 8 houses
- Enterprise Community Partners – built 6 houses
- Microsoft Employee Volunteers – United Way Day of Caring
- LMN Architects – painted and finished houses
- Individual donors and volunteers