Tiny Houses

To donate to the Tiny House program please visit Donate.

To Contact The Tiny House program:  tinyhouses@lihi.org(206) 276-3552

In partnership with the City of Seattle, 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 the LIHI’s Tiny House program:  Tiny Houses:  Big Future

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

Tiny House Sites – 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 – 206-578-6551
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
Northlake Village: 3814 4th Ave NE, Seattle – (206) 390-9292
Othello Village: 7544 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle – (206) 507-1342
Tiny House Village: 1419 22nd Avenue, Seattle – (206) 601-0999
True Hope Village: 1714 E Yesler Way, Seattle – (206) 247-9538
Whittier Heights Village: 8030 15th Ave NW – (206) 713-0062

Tiny House Site – Olympia

Plum Street Village:  830 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA – 206-471-8891
Referral to Plum St. Village are made by Sidewalk

Tiny House Site – Tacoma

Tacoma MLK Village: 802 MLK Jr Way, Tacoma –

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 or call 206-276-3552: (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
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


USA Today and Gannett Foundation select LIHI and other non-profits for A Community Thrives grants 6/11/19
Plum Street Village: a Community Wide Effort to Help the Homeless – Thurston Talk 6/6/2019
Giving People Forced Into Homelessness A Chance To Rebuild, With A Tiny (House) Solution | Kind World 5/28/19Olympia’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 | king5.com 1/16/19
Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness – 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? 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 (5/23/18)
A warm, safe place — with cookies: Tradeswomen build tiny homes for homeless women in Seattle | The Seattle Times
Elementary school students build a tiny home for the homeless – King 5 (5/4/18)
Homeless to Housed | Q13 (3/14/18)
Legislators tackle homelessness for those on aid | 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 (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 (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 | Wall St. 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
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 | Seattle Met (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 (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 – Danny Westneat (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 (Seattle Time 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 3/8/16)
Seattle Offers Sacramento A Possible Solution To Homeless Problem (CBS Sacramento)
Seattle’s First Tiny House Village Opens (KIRO-TV 1/18/2016)
Seattle Mayor Picks Rainier Valley for Third Homeless Camp (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 (Seattle Times 12/23/15)
Homeless camp in Ballard, a leg up from living on the street, up and running (seattlepi.com 12/9/15)
a Look Inside the New Nickelsville in Ballard (Stranger Slog 12/1/15)
Seattle mayor selects 3 sites for homeless encampments (Seattle Times 7/29/15)

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