Rosie’s Tiny House Village opens

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A partnership between the city, Sound Transit and LIHI, Rosie’s Tiny House Village will provide comprehensive on-site services including case management and housing navigation to help people end their homelessness experience.

Today, the Seattle Department of Social Services (HSD) announced the opening of Rosie’s Tiny House Village in the University District, which adds 36 new housing units and will serve up to 50 people currently living without shelter. The new village, located at 1000 NE 45th Street, will provide 24/7 on-site staff and full services including case management, hygiene, shared kitchen, hot meals, navigation in the housing, employment and health resources.

This project was a partnership between the City of Seattle and Sound Transit, which leased the property to the city at no cost. The lease is for one year and can be renewed for up to three years. The property will eventually be converted into a transit-oriented development. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) will operate the village.

Click above for coverage of the Open House at Rosie’s Tiny House Village

This is the first of three tiny village projects approved under the 2021 budget. A total of 117 new village units are expected to open over the next month. The current Interbay Tiny House Village will expand by 34 units and should open in early November. This will bring the total number of cottages at Interbay to 70. The new Friendship Heights Tiny House Village in North Seattle is expected to open 47 units in mid-November.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has posed enormous challenges for all of Seattle, but especially for our homeless neighbors. As a city, we have allocated unprecedented resources to deal with the immediate impacts of the pandemic, such as creating an improved, safer 24/7 shelter system, access to food and expansion of hygiene resources. Yet we know that we must continue to create long-term investments in housing to deal with the scale of the crisis, ”said Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “We plan to open 830 permanent housing units and improved accommodation spaces by the end of the year. These life-saving investments mean we will move hundreds of homes out of parks and public rights-of-way and place them in safer spaces, while ending homelessness for hundreds more.

When the pandemic hit Seattle last year, HSD staff came together to not only look after the health and safety of shelter guests, but also to increase and improve our shelter inventory. Although staff and vendors have been running out of steam, this year alone HSD plans to open more than 700 new and improved 24/7 shelter spaces, including Rosie’s, which will provide safe shelter spaces essential as winter approaches. It takes many partners working towards the same goal of supporting our most vulnerable neighbors to make projects like Rosie’s a reality. I would like to thank Mayor Durkan, Councilor Pedersen, Low Income Housing Institute, Sound Transit, our staff at HSD, Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) and everyone who played a role in making this happen. program.

Tanya Kim, Acting Director of HSD

“LIHI is delighted to be able to offer 50 homeless people a safe, heated and welcoming little home, with privacy and dignity. Better yet, the village will act as a gateway to permanent housing, ”said Sharon Lee, executive director of LIHI. “We are grateful to the leadership of Mayor Durkan and Councilor Pedersen and Sound Transit for making this site available. It took the hard work of many people from Sound Transit, HSD, FAS and LIHI who work together to make today possible. They should all be proud to make a difference in the lives of our homeless neighbors.

Board member Pedersen speaking at the open house on September 28, 2021

“This new small family village is an inspiring example of partnerships between governments, nonprofits and the community to tackle our most pressing crisis: homelessness. By working together and using public land, we are creating a place, blazing a trail and giving hope to dozens of homeless people to get off the streets, stabilize their lives and move to permanent housing, ”he said. said Alex Pedersen, board member. , District 4 (Northeast of Seattle). “I am very grateful to Sound Transit, the Low Income Housing Institute and HSD for allowing us to finally complete this life-saving project.

“This partnership is an example of how Sound Transit is working with cities to address the pressing challenges facing people who are homeless,” said Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit. “This innovative use of the property first used for the construction stage during the construction of our new District U station helps us address the most critical need facing our region. We are grateful to the elected leaders of Seattle for joining us in this effort. “

Referrals of shelters in Rosie will be made by the HOPE team at HSD based on referrals of shelters from their local service provider partners. A Community Advisory Committee (CCC) will be formed to provide feedback to the community on operations and address concerns. The CAC will meet monthly and members often include immediate neighbors, businesses, community and faith groups, and service providers.

HSD will continue to oversee this project until the end of the year. From 2022, the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) will take over the administration of the budget and contracts for the homeless, including the three new villages opened this year. The City opened its first village of small houses in 2017 and now finances nine villages offering 333 shelter units.

By the end of the year, the City-funded system will include 2,837 shelter units, an increase of over 530 beds, of which 250 are permanent, from pre-pandemic levels (Q4 2019 ).

** This article originally appeared on the Homelessness Response blog with a table of City-funded refuge beds that will open in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.


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