Twenty-five new “small homes” (8 feet by 12 feet) were provided recently to North Seattle and will be open for a homeless population that typically has a hard time finding services.


The Lichton Springs Tiny House Village, developed by high-school and occupation school trainees, will be the very first city-funded low-barrier shelter. Found at 8620 Aurora Avenue North, the brand-new encampment will grow Seattle’s variety of small homes to 128 dispersed in 5 various areas.


Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, invites people to come as they are. She stated that the town will ultimately house 70 individuals. The small homes started in 2014 by the Low Income Housing Institute and Nickelsville suggested to be a cost-effective method ($2,200 each) to attend to the homelessness crisis. Each encampment costs about $200,000, Lee stated, with the exception of the low-barrier shelter. The Lichton Springs encampment will offer more services and security.


The One Night Count in 2016 revealed a 19 percent increase in homelessness in King County compared to 2015, in accordance with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. For 2016, the King County Medical Examiner recorded 69 homeless men and women who passed away while living on the streets. More individuals died from being homeless than from murders last year.


The 8×12 ft shelters aren’t required to fulfill building regulations and locals still certify them as outdoor camping exteriors. It’s suggested as a short term service until case supervisors can assist them to find long term real estate.


Challengers to the concept criticize the program mostly because they only support offering long-term real estate right away. Lee stated that they will supply the homeless with fundamental requirements like energy, security, and a location where they can store and lock their possessions. This will allow them to look for jobs or education.