Tiny House Villages

Background

Tiny House Villages

Tiny House Villages have proven to be one of Seattle’s most humane and successful harm reduction supports for people facing homelessness. They provide the necessities essential to life with human dignity, like privacy, safety, community, restrooms, showers, and laundry, and a place to store one’s belongings. Many villages are self-managed, where residents are empowered to democratically run their own communities. Seattle’s tiny house villages have been able to help a higher proportion of their residents find housing than other forms of shelter.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant is sponsoring a bill to expand access to Tiny House Villages throughout Seattle. This bill will allow Seattle to issue permits for from 0 to 40 villages, in any zone. Permits will continue to be for one year, but can be renewed each year. There are currently nine tiny house villages in Seattle.

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