Tiny houses camp for homeless women coming to Whittier Heights

Volunteers have begun work preparing the City Light lot at 8030 15th Ave. NW for the city’s first sanctioned homeless camp for women.

The Whittier Heights Village for Women will feature 20 tiny houses operated by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), the same group that has organized tiny houses for the Nickelsville sites. The existing City Light building on the lot will be refurbished as a community space with a kitchen, bathrooms, showers and laundry.

When the camp opens in May, LIHI staff will be on site around the clock “to supervise and keep the village clean, organized and safe,” according to the nonprofit group. LIHI will also provide a case manager to work with camp residents with the goal to transition them into permanent housing.

The site is bordered by Homestreet Bank to the north and Duo apartments to the south. The old Pancake House restaurant (soon to become Crown Hill Broiler) is across the street to the west. The only entrance to the camp will be on 15th Ave., not the alleyway behind it, which backs up to a residential area to the east.

LIHI plans to open the camp on Mother’s Day, May 13th. If you’re interested in helping put the camp together, contact LIHI via this page.

Ballard’s other sanctioned homeless camp, Nickelsville, moved to Northlake last month.

(Our thanks to Tyrel for the tip.)


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Uff Da
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Uff Da

What will the cost of this marginal space be to taxpayers?

Will it draw drug dealers to the site to supply the heroin/oxy or meth these low barrier residents will need on a daily basis?

How will they pay for their fixes?

Whittier Heights residents and their neighbors want to know.

America
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America

Are you suggesting that these people in need are the drags of society? Even the drags of society did not start out as such! Never say never! I have known people across all levels of society that never planned to end their lives in dire straits & I have lived in many states, so yes, I can make such a statement
You may be one ☝️ of the elitist but hindsight is 20-20

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

That’s kind of “stream of consciousness” there…and it’s DREGS of society, FYI.

odin
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odin

Glad i dont live in Ballard or Seattle anymore
Odin

Mike
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Mike

Interesting how the first comments to come in are the ones disparaging all homeless persons as drug-addled slackers. Yeah they’re all inferior to you. You’re such a superior being. To you these people aren’t even good enough to cut your grass

America
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America

Very sad the commentaries, when people need help

elenchos
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elenchos

One of Harley Lever’s sock handles always posts first. He doesn’t have a job.

Concerned Ballard Millenial
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Concerned Ballard Millenial

Have you ever been on this site, that’s exactly what it is.

If you have a different opinion, the moderator will have no trouble deleting them.

California Uber Alles
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California Uber Alles

It’s interesting all the progressives “white knighting” for the homeless (junkies). They will ridicule you for implying that they’re addicts immediately after bemoaning some other statistic about how many of the homeless are, in fact, addicts. Semantics, I guess.

These same progressive will also ridicule working people for being taxed into near poverty, yet defend the right of these campers who smash the car windows of those same working people while they put in their shifts at the bar, restaurant, grocery store, or nursing home. Even better, they are stalwart about “stopping pollution” yet seem a-ok with piles of garbage and filth in every possible open space in the city AND the precious parks.
They have bumper stickers that say “read more books” even while turning the libraries in filthy shooting galleries unsafe for children and families.

The city, and the “white knights” in the neighborhoods (St Lukes etc) have done all they can to accommodate these people at the expense of everyone else because they’re either getting paid to do so (O’Brien Industries) or they get some personal satisfaction out of being sanctimonious. The stench of their narcissism is as bad as the stench of the trash piles.

Homeless On the Range
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Homeless On the Range

@California – there is a serious level of ignorance on the side of the progressives regarding the homeless. I had a 3-hour conversation with one just a week ago. Now, he’s not a bad person, not a far-left wingnut – he just believes that we should help them, because, honestly, there are always going to be dregs of society, and it makes him, personally, feel better to provide some of his tax dollars to support them. He has no delusions these people want to improve their lot in life, and although he can agree with my point of view (which is, if they don’t want to help themselves, then screw them), he still feels enough compassion for them to want to help them. I bet when you get right down to it, most of those who support the homeless feel this way – let’s not get too close to them, but if I can give them some of my tax dollars, I feel better about myself, and can sleep more soundly at night

guesty
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guesty

i feel really bad for the folks that have homes backing up to the alley behind this camp.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Glad some deserving women are getting a chance at some help.

@Odin, we’re glad you don’t too. :)

Dale Newton
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Dale Newton

More enabling! As our taxes continue to reach a all time daily high we are forced to roll over and put up with this. I work near the Ballard bridge campground, all day people honk as they drive by… no doubt out of frustration. I just wonder how long it will take before people take the law into their own hands and perfom “hate crimes” yeah I hate this! I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THIS AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!

Homeless On the Range
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Homeless On the Range

@ Dale – I’ve wondered the same thing. At some point, a citizen, or a group of citizens, may indeed think it’s time for civil justice. The problem then becomes, are these people who would go out and beat the homeless any better than far right-wing, violence-prone neo-Nazis?
The solution that doesn’t involve violence is going to be the one most palatable to everyone, and no, I don’t like giving them my tax dollars either. I’ll defend myself if attacked, but I’m not going to go out and try to pick a fight with a homeless person because I’m sick of seeing them everywhere.

Erin Richardson
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Erin Richardson

This is horrible. The homeless in Ballard make me want to sell my house and clear out. I can’t even walk to the Ballard library with my baby without feeling threatened. And my tax dollars pay for me to enjoy it.

Ron Paternoster
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Ron Paternoster

I’m glad you don’t live here anymore too Odin.

CUA your lack of humanity is far more powerful…it stinks like someone who lost faith in living long ago. Go rot in a hole far away that won’t affect those who have some degree of hope.

California Uber Alles
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California Uber Alles

Sorry, Ron, folks are fed up with the entitled junkie swarms and the endless tax waste.
Your juvenile insults are irrelevant and pathetic- and just reinforce the fact that many of our “homeless neighbors” and their activist exploiters are undeveloped, misguided, and spiteful.
No, i can’t spare a dollar.

Uff Da
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Uff Da

I guess Mike, above, didn’t know that this is low barrier camp – meaning it is wet. Come as you are, drugs/alcohol and all. No expectations and bring your pet with you. 24 hour security which is a substantial cost. Also means somebody will be selling them drugs – H, meth, whatever else. Where are residents going to hang out all day long – the Safeway 1 block to the north? It will cost maybe as much as $350K per year to run this camp for 20 women,assuming they keep it full. Nickelsville ran at about 80 percent of capacity at its Market St. location. Is that a good use of your tax dollars? Inquiring minds want to know.

greenonred
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greenonred

They want a free place to live? Put them to work cleaning up the trash of their fellow hobos.

Homeless On the Range
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Homeless On the Range

Careful @greenonred, you might be advocating that the homeless work for their ‘free’ housing, security, and whatever else they receive. NOW, that ‘should’ be a requirement for living in ‘citizen-subsidized’ ‘free’ housing, but of course, according to the City Clowncil, they’re our most vulnerable members of society and therefore, we shouldn’t stress them out and/or trigger them by asking them to work for their free house. You’re using logic, and the Clowncil doesn’t want logic in the conversation. Because if people start to use their brains instead of hearts, they’ll realize what a joke these subsidized villages actually are.

Scott
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Scott

@ Ron: “hope” is not a policy. “Hope” is not a program either. It’s you that IS the problem, because YOU voted for the people foisting this upon us, and worse yet, tolerate shreds of human debris all around you AND your neighbors. Did we vote FOR this? I didn’t. I also did NOT elect our crappy media that seems to love the chaos too. I sobered up over 16 years ago, as most limitations ARE self-imposed. Give these people a title/ job to earn something, such as dignity. Is this a hand-out, or a hand-up? Safety-net, or hammock? It’s a shame the word “compassion” has been trashed and turned into anything but.

elenchos
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elenchos

Two thirds of District 6 voted for this. You didn’t, but your side is unpopular. In other words, “not liked”. You guys definitely had names on the ballot who didn’t want to help anybody, who opposed services, and who wanted more cops and more persecution of anyone living on the street or in a park. There were candidates who said crime is rampant and taxes are too high and get off my lawn and such. What happened was, YOU LOST. You didn’t do better than sixth place in the Mayor primary. Catherine Whatbrook got her ass handed to her in a campaign that Mike O’Brien phoned in. Scott Lindsey got 25%. Ouch. I know I’ve said all this before. But you guys keep yelling “I DIDN’T VOTE FOR THIS!” Correct! You didn’t vote for this. But you also didn’t win. I don’t know if I can explain it any simpler than that. Have you spent your entire life being handed everything you asked for? Haven’t you ever, I don’t know, played sports? Was your school all participation trophies? Everybody wins every time? It’s basic democracy. Nobody is *entitled* to winning. You only win if people like you, and agree with… Read more »

Kip
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Kip

I just don’t understand why there are such a large number of services in Ballard and NEVER in Laurelhurst, Wedgewood It is better for all the neighborhoods to spread them around.

Truth
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Truth

I love all the people and sockpuppets on here griping about the homeless and blaming everyone but themselves for the problem. But not one, not a single comment from these hand-wringers, even comes close to some sort of a solution or even a suggestion on how to mitigate the problem. Just complain and clutch their pearls until they turn to dust.

And so here we are, in 2018 in a (for now) first world country, and we have a homeless problem.

@Scott:

It’s you that IS the problem, because YOU voted for the people foisting this upon us…

Do you have proof that Ron has ever voted for a politician who has voted for tax cuts for the wealthy?

NicoNico
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NicoNico

@ Erin (and whomever else cares): I live near the post office. Since people on this MyBallard site tend to be total jerks, no matter what information is presented, I am listing the following incidents merely as facts. You make of them what you will. 1) Last Wednesday, we (and our neighbors) heard 5 gunshots. 2) Last night, two homeless folks were camped in front of my garage door drinking beer. They left quietly and respectfully on request. 3) On Sunday, my 2.5-year-old daughter and I were attacked by man “in a mental health crisis” (to quote SPD). It was 8 am, and he had just emerged from a gas station store with a brand new large beer. The only reason he did not kill me and my daughter, or at least seriously injure us, is because he got bored with what he was doing and left. There is nothing I did or didn’t do that made him stop. My screams for help were ignored/unanswered. SPD took 30 minutes to respond. Thankfully they arrived right as the man came back towards us again. I go to court today under subpoena to testify against him. I have been naive to think… Read more »

aladin1
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comfortable carrying/using a gun, a taser, or pepper spray around my young daughters

Bart
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Bart

” The only reason he did not kill me and my daughter, or at least seriously injure us, is because he got bored with what he was doing and left. ”

I thought you were only listing facts Nico. How could you possibly know he would’ve killed you if it weren’t for ennui?

What do gunshots have to do with homeless?

Homeless Fiasco
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Homeless Fiasco

Hey @Bart, how quickly you work to divert a woman stating mostly facts. This is the only way you and the other SJW’s have to turn people away from the truth that many of these homeless people have mental issues, and that some of them are violent for no reason other than proximity to another human being.

NicoNico
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NicoNico

Aladin1: I’m glad you are. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with those items, but I am not adept enough to use them. Also my daughter is pathetically severely allergic to everything under the sun, so being in the general vicinity of pepper spray would probably kill her. :) BART: you have obviously never been a woman being attacked by a man. The sense/instinct that “this person is going to try to hurt or kill me” is fact. If you want to disagree, then go right ahead, but I will not defend my instinct to you as it does not serve me. As a victim in this case, I’ve been informed of my attacker’s name and history: he has 23 local arrests, multiple restraining orders, and two convictions for 4th deg domestic violence against someone of the opposite sex. Are you understanding the connection? That this is a human being who has no qualms about physically harming someone more vulnerable. Also I never said that gunshots have anything to do with the homeless. In fact, none of my three examples have anything to do at all with the main story. I was simply using MyBallard as a platform for informing… Read more »

Truth
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Truth

@NicoNico: I too live near the post office and have for many years. I, nor any of my neighbors, have ever experienced anything close to what you’re describing, especially the gunshots, and I am out and about around the neighborhood everyday. So maybe you’re (1) extremely unlucky, (2) misinterpreting everything in life as dangerous or (3) live near a different post office (maybe the carrier annex on 46th?).

Bart Loves It
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Bart Loves It

Hey Bart: We’re glad you like what’s going on in this city. Must be nice not to notice JUST THE BLEEPING TRASH that is everywhere. Are you gonna ask me what trash has to do with homeless?

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

@ Truth that’s it again. A bunch of trolls complaining because they can. Although, I’d hate to go through my life being as scared of everything as most of the commenters here are, could you imagine? Daily life must be a hopeless struggle. OH NO, the homeless boogyman is out there waiting for me!

Hopefully they’ll all take Odin’s lead, do us all a favor and move. Get that top dollar for your house now guys! lol.

NicoNico
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NicoNico

Truth: I do NOT live near the annex. There were three cops, two mother in laws, one father in law, and seven other professional, non-hallucinating sober adults witnesses to one or more of the three things I talked about. So maybe you’re 1) incapable of supporting a neighbor with kind words and support rather than doubt and criticism (re: your #2 above)… 2) live near a different post office (maybe the carrier annex on 46th?)….or 3) misinterpreting everything on the internet to be a personal attack on you and your lovely neighborhood.

Regarding your #2 suggest above: Did you even READ what I wrote on either comment?! Do you think I was misinterpreting the crazed, screaming criminal that chased me and my daughter down 15th? And, as I said, the two drunks in front of my garage left kindly and quietly…I never said they were dangerous. You, sir, are rude. Your previous comments on this website prove you to be a keyboard warrior with no kind words to offer.

I’m thinking that actually you and your neighbors and I and my neighbors live in different dimensions by the post office. Yours sounds lovely!

Truth
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Truth

@NicoNico: Wait, you come in like a wrecking ball complaining about my neighborhood is going to hell and then get offended when I refute your claim that we live in a hell hole? You’re no better than the other alarmists on this blog, who recently moved from some Midwest “utopia” and can’t handle life in “The Big City”. But yeah, I interpreted your alarmist comment as an attack on my neighborhood, took offense and will now definitely be rude. First off, the mentally ill attack would fall under the (1) extremely unlucky category and I am not and never even suggested that I was refuting you experienced the attack. Sure there are mentally ill homeless people, nobody refutes that. Sure, there are mentally ill homeless people that commit assault, but that is not the norm and can and does happen all over the country, rural or urban. Just because it happened to you does not make it normal, nor does it mean our neighborhood is terrible. It was an isolated, unfortunate event and I’m sorry you had to experience that. Second, the garage drunks would also fall under the (1) extremely unlucky. Campers/loiterers tend to stay mostly near businesses, the… Read more »