The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) will hold an opening ceremony for the Licton Springs Tiny House Village, the sixth City of Seattle sanctioned homeless encampment. Licton Springs Tiny House Village will provide crucially needed shelter and services to families and individuals currently living on the streets. The site at 8620 Aurora Avenue N. will feature 30 tiny houses, counseling offices, a kitchen tent, and a “Kingdome” and “Queendome” that will be used for emergency overflow shelter when all the tiny houses are filled.17 of the tiny houses at Licton Springs Village were built by high schools and colleges as part of WA State’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase of Skills Homeless Shelter Project. Those houses were finished and displayed on the State Capitol Grounds in Olympia on March 27th. Thank you students! The remaining houses were built by University Congregational Church, Walsh Construction Co., Mark Huber, and volunteers.
Speakers at the opening ceremony include: Kevin Whatley, Aurora Licton Urban Village; Elizabeth Dahl, Aurora Commons; Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola; and Pastor Marilyn Cornwell.
“The Licton Springs Tiny House Village will shelter 60 to 70 people and is a crisis response to homelessness. Our goal is to move vulnerable people quickly off the streets into warm, secure tiny houses instead of tents,” said Sharon Lee, LIHI Executive Director.
Hundreds of volunteers came out last weekend to prepare the village for opening LIHI also thanks the Teamsters, who generously transported the student houses from Olympia to Seattle.
LIHI owns and operates over 2,000 units of affordable housing in the region and provides social workers to help move homeless people into housing and employment.
Volunteers and supporters continue to play an integral role in developing an effective response to ending homelessness. For information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Josh Castle at . For information about LIHI’s tiny house villages or to schedule a tour, contact Bradford Gerber at .
For further information or to donate, go to www.LIHI.org