Tiny Houses

In September, 2013, LIHI began a partnership with Nickelsville to host and operate a homeless encampment on our then vacant property at 2020 South Jackson Street.  Since then, our work with encampments has expanded and we now manage several Seattle sites in partnership with Nickelsville, SHARE/Wheel, the City of Seattle, and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Contact:  If you wish to speak to LIHI about building a tiny house to donate, joining a volunteer build, donating materials for houses or supplies for a village, etc., please email Bradford Gerber
To donate money, please visit Donate.

Movie about the LIHI’s Tiny Houses program:  Tiny Houses:  Big Future

Tiny House Sites

These sites may have openings: call or visit in person for information:

Ballard Encampment:  2826 NW Market Street, Seattle – 206-390-9292
Interbay Village:  1601 15th Ave. W., Seattle – 206-356-4484
Othello Village: 7544 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle – 425-615-0800

Residents at these sites are placed by referral only (City of Seattle Sweeps or REACH):

Tiny House Village: 1419 22nd Avenue, Seattle – 206-601-0999
Georgetown Village:  1020 S. Myrtle Street, Seattle – 206-399-0733
Licton Springs Village:  8620 Aurora Ave. N. Seattle – 206-956-0334 lictonsprings@sharewheel.org
Camp Second Chance (Myers Way): 9701 Myers Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 – 206-578-6551

City of Seattle Page about City-Sanctioned Encampments


Video about LIHI’s Tiny House program:  Tiny Houses Big Future
Video about Tiny House Build:  It Takes a Village to Make a Village
LIHI Powerpoint: Tiny House Villages and Encampments
Zoning and Code Information for Tiny Houses in Seattle
Tiny House Assembly Instructions
Tiny House Construction FAQ
Photo Gallery of LIHI’s Tiny House Villages
City of Seattle Final 2017 Permitted Encampment Evaluation


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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