Client: Low Income Housing Institute & Nickelsville
Location: Seattle, Washington
Project Size: Multiple Locations in the Region
Tiny House Villages
Tiny houses represent an option between homelessness and permanent housing being pursued by many communities. An easily achieved temporary housing solution, they support the capacity of people without shelter to achieve stability and get back on their feet.
Tiny houses are moveable, low-tech, simple structures that can be built with mostly minimal skills in a weekend for $2,200 in materials. In Seattle, vocational schools and training programs such as Seattle Central College’s Wood Technology Center and the Tulalip Tribes’ apprenticeship program have been building tiny houses as a part of their curriculum,. Middle school students have played a huge role in the effort, volunteering through efforts including SawHorse Revolution’s program in which youth work alongside professional builders to construct meaningful projects in urban communities. Architectural firms are stepping up, such as Olson Kundig, which designed a tiny house in collaboration with local youth.
A tiny house village clusters tiny houses into a self-managed community, breaking down the isolation people often experience while homeless.
EW has handled permitting applications and planning for multiple tiny house villages around Seattle, as well as collaborating to develop the Tiny House Building Guide (available on our website under Resources).