Othello Tiny House Village Holds Community Celebration

Seattle, WA – On Sunday, June 5, Othello Tiny House Village in the Othello neighborhood is hosting a community celebration to celebrate the hundreds of volunteers, community leaders, organizations, and businesses that have helped make Othello Village possible. The event will include live music by Lady A and the Raging Grannies, tours of the village, and family-friendly volunteer activities including the painting of a community mural and collages hosted by local artists, the painting and tiling of four new tiny houses donated by the Tulalip Tribes, and a community litter pick-up. A program will begin at 2:00 pm that will include public officials and volunteers who contributed to the success of Othello Village. Food and refreshments will be provided. NeighborWorks America is a major sponsor along with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Nickelsville.
LIHI Board President Melinda Nichols said, “The quick mobilization to build out Othello Village was amazing. This tiny house village will help transition even more people into stable housing while living in community with others.” These partnerships include a longstanding relationship with the Tulalip Tribes TERO Pre-Apprenticeship training program, which has previously built four houses for the other villages and is now contributing four more houses to Othello Village. Tribal art by Tulalip Tribes door artist Ty Juvenile decorates the doors of the four houses. Please join us:
Sunday, June 5, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Othello Village, 7544 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
The event is additionally sponsored by the Tulalip Tribes, The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, The Rainier Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Seattle International District, HomeSight, and the Seattle Jaycees.
Since the City of Seattle issued a temporary permit and the village opened March 8, 24 tiny houses have been built  for homeless families, couples, singles and people with pets, along with two container shelters, tents on platforms, restroom facilities, a security booth, a kitchen/dining tent, and a donation tent. The houses are each 8′ x 12′ and safe, sturdy structures. The village will soon add another eight houses for a total of 32 tiny houses. The village now hosts 51 people including 7 children, and eventually will host up to 80 residents total. 
Othello Village provides safe shelter for individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness.  Nickelsville is a self-managed community with residents having to abide by a strict code of conduct including no alcohol, no drugs and no weapons. LIHI provides social workers and assistance to move the residents into permanent housing. The village was developed as an innovative crisis response to homelessness by moving people into tiny houses and safe encampments. The City of Seattle is providing operating support.
If you wish for more information, please contact Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator Josh Castle at (206) 334-0508 or jcastle@lihi.orgTo donate to the tiny house village go to www.LIHI.org.