Category: Giving

LIHI Gala Cancelled – We Need Your Help

We regret to announce that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel our October 30th Gala at the Four Seasons. However, while we must put off the festivities for a year, we still need your support. The Gala & Auction raises funds that fill funding gaps for LIHI’s programs—Tiny House Villages, Urban Rest Stops, Supportive Services.

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Without Gala and Auction funds, here are the impacts:
•    Fewer Tiny Houses and Villages to provide shelter to those with none.
•    Fewer case managers to help our clients find jobs, housing, and services.
•    Fewer days and hours we have the Urban Rest Stops open.

LIHI’s Tiny House Program is wonderfully effective shelter for pandemic conditions. Unlike traditional shelters, each resident has a separate space to sleep and live, helping to flatten the curve. We haven’t had a single confirmed case of Covid-19 in our villages! This year we opened our first village in Tacoma and are working to open three more villages before winter starts.

Pictured: New residents of Interbay Village

LIHI Supportive Services programs provide our residents with case management that helps them secure education, employment, permanent housing, and other crucial services.

Pictured: We hired a full-time teacher to set up a learning pod to help our students not fall behind at Meadowbrook Apartments in Seattle. Remote learning is difficult for many low-income families.

Our three Urban Rest Stops are operating at full capacity during Covid-19 while other facilities have closed around the city. We provide hot showers, bathrooms, laundry, and services that can make the difference between health and sickness, life and death, and getting a job or not. The city of Seattle covers only 77% of our costs.

Pictured: Client at downtown Urban Rest Stop

LIHI provides essential services during the pandemic and we have never been busier! Next year—our 30th Anniversary!—we’ll return to fun and friends and fine dining with our biggest Gala and Auction ever, but for now, we humbly ask for your support to get through this challenging time.

Gift of $2,500 pays for a tiny house
Gift of $1,250 pays for half a tiny house
Gift of $500 pays for the water and electricity at the Urban Rest Stops for a week.
Gift of $250 will fund case managers to secure housing for people living in tiny houses
Gift of $100 will pay for a learning pod for low income and formerly homeless students 
Gift of $50 Will help pay for emergency food and PPE for seniors and homeless people 
Any gift helps. We are grateful for your donation.

Click to donate online
or mail check made out to “LIHI Gala” to:
Attn: Fund Development
1253 S. Jackson St. Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
Thank you for your support!

LIHI COVID-19 Response

Urgent Need for Toilet Paper and Cleaning Supplies during COVID-19 Response

Seattle, WA – Amid the current public health crisis, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations are working to keep unhoused people in Seattle healthy and safe. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by partnering with the City of Seattle and construction partners to quickly move ahead in expanding Tiny House Villages (THVs). Find more details about these activities here: expand-shelter-space-available-for-homeless-as-a-result-of-coronavirus-outbreak/

LIHI also operates three Urban Rest Stop (URS) sites at our Ballard, Downtown, and University District locations. They provide a safe, clean place for homeless women and men to use restrooms, take showers, and do their laundry. We served 10,000 unduplicated individuals in 2019. Each week, these three sites collectively use 60 rolls (or one case) of toilet paper. At this critical moment, we do not have enough toilet paper to last more than two weeks. We would be grateful for your donation, which is crucial to keeping these hygiene facilities supplied and able to serve our most vulnerable neighbors at this difficult time.

LIHI has an urgent need for supplies such as:

  • Toilet paper – Big need
  • Hand sanitizer (with at least 70% Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Clorox wipes (with at least 70% Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Spray cleaner (with at least 70% Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shower gel
  • All sorts of cleaning supplies
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Band-aids

If you’d like to make a donation of any of the above items, please bring them directly to one of the Urban Rest Stops or contact LIHI Community Engagement Director Josh Castle at (206) 334-0508 or We can pick them up! URS addresses: Downtown – 1924 9th Ave. / Ballard – 2014 NW 57th St. / U-District – 1415 NE 43rd St. Please check our Urban Rest Stops page for opening hours. If you are interested in supporting this campaign remotely, we invite you to join us at: We would be grateful for your donation, which is crucial to keeping these hygiene facilities supplied and able to serve our most vulnerable neighbors at this difficult time.

For your reference, our Tax Identification Number is: 94-3155150. 

Thank you for your generosity!

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