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South Lake Union neighbors rally to create new tiny house village before winter at City-owned site

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Last Wednesday, several South Lake Union neighborhood groups joined Seattle City Councilmembers Andrew Lewis and Teresa Mosqueda; the SLU Chamber; Mirabella residents; Immanuel Community Services; The Omni Group; Union Church; members of the Lake Union Village and Interbay Village Community Advisory Committees; and to call for 3 specific actions in support of more tiny home villages:

  1. Ask Mayor Durkan and Seattle City Light to make the property at 145 Yale Ave. North available for a tiny house village to serve unsheltered people in South Lake Union.

  2. Ask the Mayor to quickly build three new villages–that have already been funded–by winter.

  3. Ask all candidates running for Mayor or City Council to support CM Lewis’s “It Takes a Village” initiative to build more tiny house villages across Seattle.

The rally took place at 145 Yale Ave. N., a vacant property owned by Seattle City Light that could host a temporary tiny home village, providing emergency shelter and a bridge to permanent housing for those living outside in the neighborhood’s streets, doorways, parks, and greenbelts. Contact Josh Castle if you would like more info at

A special thank you to SLU community members and villagers who attended the rally to support a new tiny house village in South Lake Union!

Tracy Williams, a former program participants of True Hope Village, spoke powerfully of her positive transformation through the program and how she eventually secured permanent housing at Jensen Block and her daughter found housing at Clay Apartments. She now works as a Village Organizer at TC Spirit Village to help others find stability.

David Ellis and Candice Hoyt, who serve respectively on the Lake Union and Interbay tiny house village Community Advisory Committees

City Council Member Teresa Mosqueda with Julie Holland and CM Andrew Lewis (on right)

Residents of the Mirabella Retirement Community are spearheading

the campaign to bring a tiny house village to their South Lake Union neighborhood

under the RIMBY slogan “Right in My Back Yard!”

Bob Williamson spoke at the event on how staying at Interbay Village was an important stepping stone to securing permanent housing.

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