Low Income Housing Institute
Interbay Village Moving Day
Today Tent City 5 moved to its new home: Interbay Village by the Magnolia Bridge at 1601 15th Ave W. The site is owned by the Port of Seattle and is being leased to the City of Seattle as a tiny house village for homeless people.
The new Interbay Village, when completed, will feature 30 tiny houses with electricity and heat, a kitchen, community space, counseling office and plumbed toilet and shower facilities. Approximately 65 residents will live there.
Interbay Village will be a clean and sober community with residents participating in the daily operation of the village, including round-the-clock security shifts.
The 2017 Point in Time Count found 11,543 people in Seattle and King County experiencing homelessness. “Living in a heated and insulated tiny house in a safe village is far better than living in a cold and wet tent under a bridge,” said Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute’s Executive Director. “We thank the Port of Seattle for offering their vacant property to help people in need. We appreciate the devotion and hard work from hundreds of volunteers who built and painted thirty 8’ x 12’ tiny houses.”
LIHI is sponsoring Interbay Village with SHARE, a nonprofit organization that will manage the day-to-day operations and organize the residents to live cooperatively. The Seattle Human Services Department is providing operating and services support including funding for a case manager to help people obtain long-term housing and employment.
The organizations and groups that helped fund and/or build the tiny houses include:
- Miller Hull built the metal Mighty House
- PACE construction school built two houses
- Solstice Pot Shop built one house
- YouthBuild built two houses
- Bill Lichty neighbor, built one house
- Seattle Vocational Institute built one house
- Jefferson Allen neighbor, built one house
- BoyScouts led by Jarred Flowers Eagle Scout Project, built one house
- Center for Spiritual Living built three houses
- Temple Beth Am – funded and built three houses
- Temple Beth Am, Gaby Bell Memorial House built one house
- Chief Seattle International H.S. built one house
- Ann Richardson neighbor, built one house with neighborhood help
- Holy Spirit Lutheran Church built one house
- Peace Lutheran Church built one house
- Precision Builders Inc built three houses
- Huber Custom Building provided support and instructions for 8 houses
- Enterprise Community Partners built 6 houses
- Microsoft Employee Volunteers – United Way Day of Caring
- LMN Architects – painted and finished houses
- Individual donors and volunteers
Volunteers build new tiny homes for the homeless in Interbay neighborhood
LIHI Gala Auction (Nov. 3) Tickets on Sale
The LIHI Auction is the premier fundraising event for our programs. It s also a lot of fun! The auction benefits Urban Rest Stops, Tiny House Villages, and Supportive Services for the residents of our housing.
2017 LIHI Annual Gala and Auction
Friday, November 3, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
5:30 pm Hors D oeuvres, Wine and Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner, Program and Live Auction
(Sponsors, please note that tickets come with your sponsorship if you need additional tickets, contact our auction team.)
You can help raise funds by donating an auction item. To do so, please use the LIHI Auction Item Procurement Form or shoot an email to our auction team.
We are also looking for event sponsors. To see the great benefits sponsors receive, please see our LIHI Sponsorship Levels Please email executive assistant Aaron Long for more info.
Movie: It Takes a Village to Make a Village
Please watch this new short movie about this recent tiny house volunteer build: It Takes a Village to Make a Village
Enterprise, Seattle Vocation Institute, LIHI and Community Partners Build 8 Tiny Houses in a Day
On Friday, Aug 18, over 100 volunteers with Enterprise and their industry partners, students in Seattle Vocational Institute s pre-apprenticeship program and LIHI volunteers came together and built eight tiny homes in one day in SVI s parking lot. Mark Huber and Mike Kirkman of Huber s Custom Building were the designers of the innovative tiny house model and helped lead the construction. During the lunch break, a current resident and former resident of the tiny house villages shared their stories and inspiring words.
Everyone had a great time building these homes, which will be moved to the new tiny house villages in Seattle where the current Ballard and Interbay villages will be relocating. These homes will improve and save lives, and we are grateful to the many volunteers and community leaders who made this possible!
Volunteers from Loveridge and Hunt
Special thanks to our community and industry partners:
- Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
- Downtown Action to Save Housing
- Kantor Taylor Nelson Evatt Decina PC
- Loveridge Hunt Co, PLLC
- GGLO Architects
- Quantum Management Services
- Washington Community Reinvestment Association
- Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Donors and Volunteers continue to play an integral role in our Tiny House program. Donations are currently needed for the upcoming relocation of the Ballard and Interbay sites. To donate, please visit our Giving page and to volunteer, please visit out Get Involved page.
Golden Nugget Award Winners Marion West and Abbey Lincoln Court
LIHI Associate Director of Housing Development John Torrence, LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee, and Runberg Architect Michele Wang display Golden Nugget Awards
Judges for the 2017 Gold Nugget Awards recognized Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and its development partners, Ruberg Architecture, Walsh Construction Co. and BNBuilders, for two projects: The Marion West and Abbey Lincoln Court.
The Marion West photo by Michael Walmsley
The Marion West won two Grand Awards for Residential Housing Project of the Year, beating out for-profits, non-profits, and luxury housing developments, and Best Affordable Housing Community (100 dwelling units per acre or more). Abbey Lincoln Court received a Merit Award in the Best Affordable Housing Community (100 du/acre or more) category.
Abbey Lincoln Court photo by Michael Walmsley
Recognizing The Marion West for a Grand Award was an easy call, reads the judges statement. This project sets the standard for both affordable housing as well as addressing the urgent need to house homeless youth.
Now in its 54th year, the Gold Nugget Awards, sponsored by Pacific Coast Builders, is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. The Gold Nugget Awards recognize architectural design and planning excellence in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories.