A new tiny home village with a safe parking lot for people living in recreational vehicles is coming to Interbay, just south of the Ballard Bridge.
The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is establishing Salmon Bay Village at 3435 15th Ave W. The site was recently home to Java Jazz coffee stand and Tacos Jennyfer’s food truck, and once was home to a car wash.
LIHI says the village will provide a combination of heated and insulated tiny houses—or “micro shelters”—for up to 50 people and will operate as a “safe and supportive short-term shelter option for our unhoused neighbors.”
The village will also have a community kitchen, hygiene facilities, and a laundry room.
Salmon Bay Village will also host up to 30 “vulnerable and elderly RV residents,” LIHI wrote in a newsletter about the development. LIHI case managers will work to help all residents transition to permanent housing with the assistance of on-site case management staff. LIHI says they’ll assist with “housing applications, employment support, healthcare resources, and other supportive services.”
“The goal of Salmon Bay Village is to enable vehicle residents to leave their deteriorating and unsafe RVs and to make a successful move into permanent housing,” Sharon Lee, LIHI Executive Director, said in a statement. “We are grateful to Mayor Harrell and the Seattle City Council for approving $1.9 million in the city’s budget to implement an innovative solution for people experiencing homelessness.” These funds are allocated for set-up costs, operations and services.”
LIHI is establishing a Community Advisory Council (CAC) made up of local residents, business owners, faith leaders, and community representatives that will host monthly public meetings and provide community input and oversight for the village.
There will be a community meeting at Magnolia United Church of Christ (3555 W. McGraw St) on May 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for people to learn more about the village.