Dear Friend of LIHI,
We wish you and your family Happy Holidays!
We are so grateful to you for helping homeless women, men and children access shelter, housing and friendly places to shower and wash their clothes. Thank you if you have already made a year-end gift to LIHI. We appreciate you!
For over 30 years we have developed and implemented innovative solutions to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Because of your support, this year we were able to offer more than 10,000 people a safe place to sleep, access to hygiene services, a path out of homelessness, and access to affordable housing.
We are grateful to you for helping support the Urban Rest Stops, 18 tiny house villages, and over 3,400 units of rental housing. Here is just some of the work you helped us accomplish:
❖ TINY HOUSES & SHELTERS – This year we set up new villages in Seattle in Ballard, Maple Leaf, Interbay (safe RV parking) and Rainier Beach neighborhoods. We have two new villages opening in 2024 in Tacoma and Pierce County. Each tiny house is insulated and heated and costs $4,500 in materials to build. We’ve also purchased four hotels as non-congregate 24/7 shelters in Tacoma, Lakewood, Lacey and Whidbey Island.
Last year we provided shelter to a total of 2,000 homeless people and this year we have already exceeded 2,700 people. This is in addition to the permanent supportive housing we offer. LIHI case managers help shelter clients connect with housing, education, jobs and health care. Your donation makes this all possible!
❖ AFFORDABLE HOUSING – We took tiny houses to their next iteration with the opening of Sand Point Cottages at Magnuson Park. These 22 cottages provide permanent housing for homeless people. We opened 104 units at John Fox Place in Green Lake and have hundreds more units under construction: Jean Darsie Place in the University District, Martin Way Phase Two in Olympia, and Good Shepherd House in the Central Area, which is a notable project that began with a Tiny House Village and evolved on the same site into permanent supportive housing.
In the pipeline we have 148 units at MLK Mixed Use in the Othello neighborhood in partnership with an early learning center with the Refugee Women’s Alliance; Patsy Surh Place in Tacoma in partnership with Asia Pacific Cultural Center; and New Hope Family Housing in the Central Area in partnership with New Hope Community Development Institute. We believe in long term partnerships with other BIPOC organizations doing good in the community.
❖ SHOWERS, RESTROOMS, and LAUNDRY for homeless people at Urban Rest Stops in downtown Seattle and Ballard. Sixty percent of the homeless people we serve are working part- or full-time. The Urban Rest Stops help people keep their jobs, apply for housing, and maintain their health and dignity. While the City of Seattle is the main funder of the Urban Rest Stops, we have to raise over $200,000 in private donations each year to fund operations. Your gift helps thousands of people with critically needed hygiene services.
❖ THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS have donated their time and talent in 2023 to build and paint tiny houses, set up villages, help out at the Urban Rest Stops, and collect donations of warm clothing, bedding, hygiene supplies and more. Many volunteers built tiny houses at the Hope Factory with our partner Sound Foundations NW, while others built them in their driveways.
❖ YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS make LIHI’s Tiny House Villages, Urban Rest Stops, and Supportive Service programs possible. These programs help us go the extra mile: a warm shower at the Urban Rest Stop can lead to a successful job or apartment interview; a tiny house can keep a family safe and warm while looking for housing and employment; experienced case managers can help navigate bureaucracies and prepare our homeless neighbors for a better life. Without your donations, these programs would not be possible.
Please consider a Holiday Gift to support life-changing programs. Your donation can be designated specifically for Urban Rest Stops, Supportive Services, Tiny Houses, Affordable Housing or Greatest Need. Let us know.
Mail checks to:
LIHI Fund Development
1253 S. Jackson St., Suite A,
Seattle, WA 98144