A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Volunteers building more tiny houses tomorrow at Licton Springs Village on Aurora Avenue

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

A group of volunteers from labor unions will construct more tiny houses at Licton Springs Tiny House Village, a new homeless encampment at 8620 Aurora Ave. N. run by the Low Income Housing Institute. The volunteers will be working from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A coalition of local labor unions has funded a number of tiny houses that will be completed on Friday. The unions include: Teamsters 117, Teamsters 174, Teamsters 763, the Roofers Union, Laborers Local 242, Machinist 751, and the Seattle Policeman’s Guild. Each house costs $2,200 in materials, and at 8’ x 12’ they provide a safe, sturdy, and secure home for Seattle’s most vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. The tiny houses have electricity, heat, light, furnishings, insulation, lockable doors, and windows.

This village provides shelter for up to 70 men and women under a low-barrier model that promotes resident leadership and involvement under the supervision of SHARE and full-time staff. Upon completion there will be a total of 29 tiny houses, as well as a Kingdome and Queendome (dorm style), a kitchen, donation area, and security and counseling offices. LIHI provides social workers and supportive services to help move residents into permanent housing, access employment resources, and become housing-ready. The City of Seattle provides partial operating funds for Licton Springs Village.

Donations of bath towels, laundry detergent, socks and underwear would be greatly appreciated.

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Licton Springs Village looking for volunteers to help paint tiny houses, set up encampment this weekend

March 30th, 2017 by Doree

The Low Income Housing Institute is looking for volunteers this weekend to help paint and prepare the tiny houses and set up the kitchen and community tent for the low-barrier homeless encampment coming to 8620 Nesbit Ave. N., just across Aurora Avenue North from Greenwood. Each shift is three hours. If interested, email Josh Castle at jcastle@LIHI.org.

The site will initially have 20 tiny houses, most of them built by high school students and vocational training program participants, plus a house built and donated by University Congregational Church and Walsh Construction Company. The site will eventually have about 30 tiny houses.

LIHI expects to start receiving referrals from city outreach workers on April 5. Residents could be single, couples, veterans, seniors and people with pets. A Community Advisory Committee will include seven community stakeholders to be named early next week.

The site will have water, electricity, portable toilets and a shower facility.

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Low Income Housing Institute needs volunteers for its computer and job search programs

January 2nd, 2013 by Doree

The Low Income Housing Institute is looking for volunteers for its Computer Technology and Job Search Training Program. The program is for formerly homeless and low-income residents. LIHI has two large housing sites in Greenwood, the Denice Hunt Townhomes at 620 N. 85th St. and the Cate Apartments at 312 NW 85th St.

As a volunteer, you’ll spend time each week working with our residents one-on-one to help them find jobs and fill out applications while building skills around basic computer programs. Through this program you’ll get the opportunity to gain tutoring experience, share your skills and build relationships with your neighbors!

Want more information or ready to sign up? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 206-957-8067 or volunteer@LIHI.org.

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