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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.

Click to donate online

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!

GiveBig Now Through May 8

GiveBig for the
Urban Rest Stops & Tiny Houses
While GiveBIG is offically May 8th, you can GiveBig early today and help your friends give as well!
This year, there are 3 Ways to GiveBIG early:
1) Donate today direct to LIHI.
The Wyncote Foundation NW is matching up to $50,000 in gifts!
The Urban Rest Stops provide free showers, laundry, haircuts and other hygiene services to thousands in Downtown Seattle, U-District and Ballard. There is nothing like a hot shower and clean clothes. Your gift funds soap, shampoo, towels, hot water and other crucial hygiene items.

Tiny Houses are safe, sturdy structures that protect homeless individuals and families who are faced with sleeping on the streets in unsheltered and unsafe conditions. Your gift funds critical village amenities such as electricity, shower and laundry facilities, and case management to help residents find permanent housing and employment. 

Thank you for your support and GiveBig today!

CrowdRise for Tiny Houses – Help Us Qualify for $100,000 Grant

LIHI is raising funds for our Tiny House Village program through the USA Today’s “A Community Thrives” CrowdRise campaign.  Want to join us in making a difference?  LIHI needs your help to support new and existing Tiny House Villages and provide case management for our residents to help them find permanent housing and connect to needed social services.  Your donation will help us be eligible for a grant of up to $100,000 and other incentive prizes.  Please visit our campaign site and donate today and help LIHI combat homelessness!

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Help LIHI Change Lives

Dear Friend of LIHI,

This is a magical time of the year. We wish you and your family Peace and Joy! Thank you for helping people who need shelter, housing and a friendly place to shower and wash clothes.

At LIHI as we enter our 28th year, we continue to provide innovative solutions to the housing and homelessness crisis. With your support, we are grateful for:

  1. SHOWERS, RESTOOMS, and LAUNDRY for homeless people at three Urban Rest Stops located in downtown Seattle, Ballard and the University District. Sixty percent of the homeless we serve are working part or full-time and the Rest Stops help people keep their job, apply for housing, and maintain their health and dignity.

The City of Seattle supports 66% of the costs of operating Urban Rest Stops and we have to raise $430,000. Your gift will help keep the Rest Stops open: you can help thousands of people get ready for work, school, and other activities!

  1. OVER 300 TINY HOUSES have sheltered over a thousand families, singles and couples in ten tiny house villages around Seattle. We are about to open our first village in Olympia. Well-managed, sanctioned tiny house villages create safe places for vulnerable people who would otherwise have to sleep unprotected on the streets. LIHI social workers help people obtain employment, healthcare and housing. High praise to the extraordinary effort from high schools, technical colleges, tribes, apprenticeship programs, church groups, businesses, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the many many volunteers who build and donate tiny houses. Each house costs $2,500. Over the past three years, hundreds of people at the villages have obtained housing and secured employment. Come visit the tiny house villages.
  1. HOMES FOR THOSE WITH NONE – In 2018 we moved 226 people from homelessness into LIHI housing. We moved 171 people from Tiny Houses into long-term housing.
  1. AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLETED – The Tony Lee Apartments in the Lake City Neighborhood of Seattle opened in September, featuring 70 affordable units and a four-classroom preschool operated by the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA).
  1. UNDER CONSTRUCTION – We are nearing completion of Renton Commons, which will feature 48 apartments for homeless families and veterans located in downtown Renton. We recently broke ground on Little Saigon Family Housing: 69 affordable apartments located in Seattle’s International District. Includes street level retail and LIHI offices on first floor.
  1. THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS have donated their talent and time to help LIHI at the Urban Rest Stops, build tiny houses, read books to children, help with summer camp, prepare meals for ten tiny house communities, and help our families, seniors and veterans.

Please consider a year-end gift to the Low Income Housing Institute to support life-changing programs.

Warmly and best wishes for the holidays!


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Tony Lee Grand Opening

 Friday October 19th, 2018, 10:00 AM

The Tony Lee

70 affordable apartments in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle
with pre-school for 80 children

The Low Income Housing Institute invites you to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for The Tony Lee on Friday, October 19th, at 2820 NE 127th St., Seattle.  Tours will begin at 10:00am and a short program will start at 11:00am.

Located in the Lake City Urban Village on the former site of Fire Station 39, The Tony Lee is a 6-story mixed-use project with 70 units affordable to those making 30% to 60% of the King County Area Median Income. The unit mix includes 15 studios, 25 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms and 5 three-bedroom apartments. The first floor includes a four-classroom preschool operated by the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA).  A roof top deck, resident garden planters and solar array are features of this sustainable building designed by Runberg Architecture Group.  Walsh Construction Co. is the General Contractor overseeing construction.

The building is named in honor of Tony Lee, a civil rights advocate and champion for low income families, people of color, refugees and immigrants. He was a founding member of the Asian-Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington and the Equity in Education Coalition. He worked as an attorney at Evergreen Legal Services, and on advocacy for the Washington Association of Churches, the Catholic Archdiocese and Solid Ground. He was awarded the Goldmark Award for exceptional leadership in social justice from the Washington Legal Foundation.

Speakers at the grand opening include: Mayor Jenny Durkan; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; Mahnaz Eshetu, ReWA Executive Director; and LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee.

The City of Seattle conveyed the City-owned land to LIHI. The Office of Housing provided funding for the project, including 2009 Housing Levy and federal HOME funds.  Umpqua Bank provided construction and permanent financing. Boston Capital is the Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity investor. Total project cost for residential and preschool space was $22,950,000.

ReWA is an approved Seattle Preschool Program provider, certified by the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning.  Up to 80 children will be enrolled in high quality early learning opportunities.

The community organizations and community residents of Lake City neighborhoods have offered their support throughout the design, permitting and construction process.  Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, and the 33 member organizations they represent, have been vital to this achievement.

Come celebrate with us!