In the fall 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians began planning for a tiny house village that would serve Tribal members experiencing homelessness who are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), in partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, is honored to be developing the tiny house village to provide shelter, safety, and community for individuals and couples experiencing homelessness.
The village will include up to 30 tiny houses along with a community kitchen, hygiene facilities, case management, and 24/7 staffing. Each tiny house is 8 feet by 12 feet, is insulated, and has heat, electricity, and a locking door. Case managers will work with residents to help them obtain housing, employment, health care, child care, and other services, and get on a path to long-term housing, stability, and self-sufficiency.
Services and management of the village will be provided by the Low Income Housing Institute, with close partnership and guidance from our partners at the Puyallup Tribe. The village will reflect a space for healing and community for tribal members and shelter clients – with the supportive services, culturally-respectful resources, and village design to support their journey to stable housing.
The site is located at 2027 E Wright Ave, Tacoma, WA 98404. This property is Tribal Trust property owned by the Puyallup Tribe.
Community Meeting: View the recording of our virtual community meeting held on Jan. 14 via Zoom here. The meeting was attended by members and staff of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, LIHI, and community members. View the questions and answers from the meeting here.
Questions / concerns / feedback? View Frequently Asked Question about the project here. If you have additional questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact Josh Castle, LIHI Community Engagement Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.