Tiny Houses

Please consider a donation to our Tiny House Program
The cost of materials for a tiny house is $3,500.  Donations of any amount will help.

To contact the tiny house program: tinyhouses@lihi.org.

In partnership with the Cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, and with faith communities and building trade organizations throughout the State of Washington, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is one of the largest providers of tiny house village shelters in the nation, ensuring that people’s experience in homelessness is as safe, dignified, and brief as possible.

Tiny houses offer tremendous benefits over tents – they are safe, weatherproof, and lockable – and the communities that we help build allow residents to reclaim their dignity and get on a path to housing in a supportive village environment.

Each tiny house has electricity, overhead light, and a heater.  Each tiny house village has kitchen and restroom facilities, onsite showers and laundry, a counseling office, and a welcome/security hut where donations of food, clothing, and hygiene items can be dropped off.

Movie about LIHI’s tiny house program:  Tiny Houses:  Big Future

Short film: “Women, Tiny Houses, and Locking Doors”

Tiny House Villages – Seattle
Residents are placed by referral only through the City of Seattle’s Navigation Team and REACH.
Camp Second Chance: 9701 Myers Way S, Seattle – (206) 666-9860
Georgetown Village: 1020 S Myrtle Street, Seattle – (206) 507-6398
Interbay Village: 1601 15th Ave W, Seattle – (206) 482-0340
Lake Union Village (LUV): 800 Aloha St, Seattle – (206) 507-2475
Othello Village: 7544 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle – (206) 507-1342
T. C. Spirit Village: 612 22nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 – (206) 580-6099
True Hope Village: 1714 E Yesler Way, Seattle – (206) 247-9538
Whittier Heights Village: 8030 15th Ave NW – (206) 713-0062

Tiny House Village – Olympia
Plum Street Village:  830 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA – 206-471-8891

Tiny House Villages – Tacoma
Tacoma Emergency Micro-Shelters (TEMS): 623 E 60th St, Tacoma, WA 98404
Village at 6th & Orchard: 602 N Orchard St, Tacoma, WA 98406

Upcoming Villages
Progressive Skyway Village
Puyallup Tribe Tiny House Village

Tiny House Program Contact: If you are interested in finding out more about the following topics or have any other questions, please email tinyhouses@lihi.org: (1) Donating a tiny house or tiny house building materials, (2) donating supplies or meals to a village, (3) your specific skill set or interests as a volunteer, or (4) how to start a tiny house village in your community.

To donate money, please visit Donate.

If you would like to join our Tiny House Volunteer Team to be notified about future work parties and ways to help out, please fill out the following form:

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City of Seattle Page about City-Sanctioned Encampments
Tiny House Program Brochure
Short film: “Women, Tiny Houses, and Locking Doors”
Video about LIHI’s Tiny House program:  Tiny Houses Big Future
Video about a Tiny House Build (large group):  It Takes a Village to Make a Village
Video of two young girls who built a house
Tiny House Presentation, updated May, 2019
Tiny House Slide Presentation with narration by LIHI Director Sharon Lee (Nov 2018) – to skip intro, jump to 4:50
Zoning and Code Information for Tiny Houses in Seattle

Tiny House Building Assembly Instructions
LIHI Tiny House Framing Plans
Tiny House Construction FAQ
Photo Gallery of LIHI’s Tiny House Villages
City of Seattle Final 2017 Permitted Encampment Evaluation


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Seattle to add shelter capacity amid COVID-19 response KUOW | 3/5/20

Seattle mayor to expand shelter space available for homeless as a result of coronavirus outbreak The Seattle Times | 3/5/20
USA Today and Gannett Foundation select LIHI and other non-profits for A Community Thrives grants Yahoo! Finance | 6/11/19
Plum Street Village: a Community Wide Effort to Help the Homeless Thurston Talk | 6/6/19
Giving People Forced Into Homelessness A Chance To Rebuild, With A Tiny (House) Solution | Kind World WBUR | 5/28/19
Olympia’s Plum Street tiny house village slowly fills up The Olympian | 4/28/19
First Tiny House Village in Olympia—Next phase of Olympia’s homeless plan almost ready  KING 5 | 1/16/19
Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness The Washington Post | 10/28/18
New tiny house village opens in south Lake Union neighborhood Q13 FOX News | 10/25/18
KUOW’s The Record, with guest Sharon Lee:  Should Seattle be investing in tiny house villages? KUOW | 7/17/18
Once homeless and helpless, woman now helps build ‘tiny homes’ for others like her ABC News | 7/16/18
No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests The Guardian | 5/23/18
A warm, safe place — with cookies: Tradeswomen build tiny homes for homeless women in Seattle The Seattle Times | 5/13/18
Elementary school students build a tiny home for the homeless  KING 5 | 5/4/18
Homeless to Housed Q13 FOX News | 3/14/18
Legislators tackle homelessness for those on aid The Washington Post | 3/6/18
300 volunteers prepare temporary housing for Seattle homeless Q13 FOX News | 2/17/18
Tent City 5 Campers Move to Interbay Tiny House Village – Seattle Weekly Seattle Weekly | 11/17/17
Volunteers build new tiny homes for the homeless in Interbay neighborhood KOMO | 10/30/17
Nonprofits put small-footprint homes to versatile use NeighborWorks America blog | 8/4/17
Inside Seattle’s “low barrier” tiny house village KING 5  News | 7/31/17
The Tiny-House Village That Started a Movement KCTS9 | 6/28/17
By LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee More Than a Fad: Tiny Houses Save Lives, Provide Dignity Shelterforce | 6/27/17
Reno Looks to Seattle’s Tiny Houses for Homeless Solution KTVN Channel 2 – Reno | 6/6/17
Until we can do better, build more tiny homes Crosscut | 5/26/17
Can tiny homes help fight homelessness? This city thinks so. The Denver Channel | 5/4/17
Growing Homelessness Problems Spur Interest in Tiny Houses The Wall Street Journal | 4/26/17 (story and video featuring LIHI Tiny House Program)
A new tiny house village will be home to Seattle’s homeless
KIRO-TV | 4/5/17
Seattle Opening Tiny House Village for Homeless KING 5 | 4/2/17
Seattle’s tiny-house village KOMO | 4/5/17
Seattle’s First Low-Barrier Shelter Opens in Licton Springs Wednesday | News & City Life The Seattle Metropolitan | 3/31/17
Tiny houses: salvation for the homeless or a dead end? The Guardian | 3/23/17
Are Tiny House Encampments Answer to Homelessness? Q13 FOX News | 3/2/17
Op-ed by LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee At $2,200 each, tiny houses can shelter the homeless The Seattle Times | 2/27/17
Seattle’s teeny response to tiny houses for the homeless The Seattle Times | 2/15/17
Support and concerns for Seattle’s sanctioned homeless encampments KOMO | 1/23/17
Seattle City Council clears way for 3 more homeless camps The Seattle Times | 1/17/17
Homeless camp finds a place in bourgie Ballard Crosscut | 1/5/17
Commentary by LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee: Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless Crosscut | 1/4/17
Tiny houses could take pressure off Seattle’s homeless crisis KOMO | 10/10/16
Students buy tiny house for Seattle homeless camp KOMO | 3/20/16
Seattle’s third homeless encampment opens Tuesday KING 5 News | 3/8/16
Seattle Offers Sacramento A Possible Solution To Homeless Problem CBS 13 – Sacramento | 2/26/16
Seattle’s First Tiny House Village Opens KIRO-TV | 1/18/2016
Seattle Mayor Picks Rainier Valley for Third Homeless Camp The Seattle Times | 2/21/2016)
Councilwoman: Build tiny houses for homeless in every Seattle neighborhood KIRO-TV | 2/17/16
Mayor hits the gas on Seattle’s vehicle parking program Real Change | 1/27/15
Tiny House Village for homeless set to open in Seattle Q13 FOX News | 1/18/16
How welcoming a homeless encampment made our community stronger The Seattle Times | 12/23/15
Homeless camp in Ballard, a leg up from living on the street, up and running SeattlePi | 12/9/15
a Look Inside the New Nickelsville in Ballard The Stranger | 12/1/15
Seattle mayor selects 3 sites for homeless encampments The Seattle Times | 7/29/15

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