City-Permitted Villages

As part of Seattle's commitment to investing in programs that provide personalized service and a connection to housing, the City has created safer living spaces for people who are unsheltered and living in tents, doorways and vehicles across our city. The longer a person lives unsheltered, the more likely they are to face high barriers to finding and maintaining permanent housing. These barriers can be financial, medical, related to behavioral health, related to a poor rental history or a history in the criminal justice system. People who experience homelessness chronically benefit from working with case managers who can help them resolve or reduce those barriers.

We are investing in 24/7 indoor shelters that offer supportive services for people who experience homelessness, but some people who have lived outside need time to transition to indoor shelter. The Navigation Center and First Presbyterian shelter provide 175 safer spaces with around-the-clock case management and services for the most vulnerable people that face significant barriers to services and housing. These resources were designed and opened to help provide additional resources for the Navigation Team to connect people experiencing chronic homelessness to indoor shelter.

Seattle's seven permitted villages offer a place for unsheltered people to find stability and connect to housing resources. Each night, the villages provide more than 300 people a tiny house structure that locks, access to restrooms and showers, case management, a kitchen and a managed community. Seattle contracts with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) to operate the villages. In many of the villages, residents create community norms and codes of conduct under the guidance of Nickelsville, SHARE and Camp Second Chance. Details for each location are included in their descriptions below.

Locations

Location: 9701 Myers Way South
Property Owner: City of Seattle
Fiscal Sponsor: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Management: LIHI
Case Management: LIHI

Code of Conduct
Permit renewal community meeting transcript, March 20, 2018

Contact Camp Second Chance
For issues regarding the encampment contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the Community Advisory Committee
The Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in April 2017 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs and ensure that the camp operator and social service provider – LIHI– is adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.

Community Advisory Committee members:
Grace Stiller, Friends of Myers Parcels
Willow Fulton, neighbor
Aaron Garcia, White Center Community Development Association
Stephanie Liberman, South Park Senior Center
Cinda Stenger, Westside Interfaith Network
Judi Carr, neighbor

The Camp Second Chance CAC meets on the first Sunday of the month, 2-4 p.m. at Arrowhead Gardens Community Room, 9200 Second Ave. SW. Please confirm meeting date and time by contacting Josh Castle at (206) 957-8067 or jcastle@lihi.org.

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 1000 S. Myrtle St.
Property Owner: 
Fiscal Sponsor: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Management: Nickelsville
Case Management: LIHI  

Code of Conduct

Contact Georgetown Village
To contact the Georgetown Village, please call the camp directly at (206) 399-0733. If you have questions or complaints call (206) 450-9136.

For general and donation information, please email scott@nickelsville.works.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Georgetown Village Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in March 2017 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – Nickelsville and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Barbara Grace Hill, Neighbor
Erik Maus, St. Vincent de Paul
Bill Oliver, Neighbor and Business Owner
John Phillips, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

The Georgetown Village CAC meets the second Tuesday of the month, 4-5 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, 5972 Fourth Ave. S. Please confirm meeting date and time by emailing scott@nicklesville.works.

CAC meeting minutes

The Interbay-Tent City 5 (TC5) sanctioned encampment was originally located at 1601 15th Ave. W., near Dravus Street at the north end of Interbay. The encampment operated there successfully from November 2015 through November 2017, after receiving a one-year permit extension. In mid-2017, the City undertook the search for a new site. The desire of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to locate the new encampment within Interbay led to a new partnership between the CAC, SHARE, TC5, the Port of Seattle and the City of Seattle. The result was the successful relocation of TC5 on Port-owned property at 1819 15th Ave. W., near the Magnolia Bridge.  

Location: 1819 15th Ave. W.
Property Owner: Port of Seattle
Fiscal Sponsor: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Management: SHARE/WHEEL
Case Management: LIHI 

Code of Conduct

Contact Tent City 5 – Interbay
If you have a question or want to contact Tent City 5 – Interbay, please call the camp directly at (206) 356-4484 or email tc5interbay@sharewheel.org.

For general information contact the SHARE/WHEEL office at (206) 956-0334 or visit http://www.sharewheel.org/tent-city-5.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Tent City 5 – Interbay Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in March 2016 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – SHARE/WHEEL – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Janis Traven, Magnolia Community Council
Niki Amarantides, Seattle Pacific University
Danielle Burt, Interbay Place Manager

The Interbay/TC-5 CAC meets the first Monday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m. at Interbay Place (DESC), 2208 15th Ave. W. Please confirm meeting date and time by contacting the SHARE/WHEEL office at (206) 956-0334.

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 8620 Aurora Ave. N.
Property Owner: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Fiscal Sponsor: LIHI
Management: SHARE/WHEEL
Case Management: LIHI

Code of Conduct
Permit renewal community meeting transcript, March 26, 2018

Contact Aurora-Nesbit Village
If you have a question or want to contact the Aurora-Nesbit Village, please call the camp directly at (206) 956-0334 or email lictonsprings@sharewheel.org.

For general information contact the SHARE/WHEEL office at (206) 956-0334 or (206) 517-9011 or visit http://www.sharewheel.org/.  

For other issues regarding the encampment contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Aurora-Nesbit Village Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in April 2017 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – SHARE/WHEEL and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include: 

Elizabeth Dahl - Executive Director, Aurora Commons
Marni Campbell - Principal, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
Rachel Long - Manager, Aurora House
Kathryn Olson - Woodland Park United Methodist Church
David Osaki - Member, Aurora Licton Urban Village (ALUV)
Tim Pritchard - Member, Licton Springs Community Council
Darryl Ulskey - Business community representative

The Licton Springs Village CAC meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Aurora Commons, 8914 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103. Please confirm meeting date and time by contacting the SHARE/WHEEL office at (206) 956-0334.

CAC meeting minutes

The Northlake Nickelsville village, operated by LIHI and Nickelsville's self-managed community, was formerly known as Nickelsville Ballard. It was the first City-permitted encampment opened in fall 2015 on property owned by Seattle City Light in Ballard at 2826 NW Market St. The camp moved to the Northlake location in March 2018.

Location: 3814 4th Ave. NE
Property Owner: Seattle City Light
Fiscal Sponsor: LIHI
Management: Nickelsville
Case Management: LIHI   

Code of Conduct

Contact Nickelsville Northlake
If you have a question or want to contact the Nickelsville Northlake camp directly, please call 206-390-9292.

For general and donation information, please email scott@nickelsville.works.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the Northlake Nickelsville CAC
Coming soon


History

Ballard Nickelsville was located at 2826 NW Market St. from fall 2015 through February 2018. 

About the Ballard Nickelsville CAC
The Ballard Nickelsville Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in February 2016 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – Nickelsville and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Jean Darsie, Ballard Community Task Force on Homelessness and Hunger
Martha Dilts, Central Ballard Residents Association
Jayson Morris, 36th District Precinct Committee Officer
Jennifer Muzia, Ballard Food Bank
Eric Nelson, Nordic Heritage Museum
Mike Stewart, Chair, Ballard Alliance
Pastor Kathleen Weber, Trinity United Methodist

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 7544 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Property Owner: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Fiscal Sponsor: LIHI
Management: Nickelsville
Case Management: LIHI  

Code of Conduct

Contact Othello Village
If you have a question or want to contact the Othello Village camp, please call the camp directly at 425-615-0800 or othello@nickelsville.works.

For general and donation information, please email scott@nickelsville.works.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Othello Village Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in March 2015 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – Nickelsville and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Dick Burkhart
Jesiah Wurtz
Cortez Charles
Eliana Scott-Thoennes
Mary Hackney
Steve Marquardt

The Othello Village CAC meets the second Thursday of the month, 4-5 p.m. at Le's Deli, 4219 S. Othello St. Please confirm meeting date and time by emailing scott@nicklesville.works.

CAC meeting minutes