Faith Community Partners & Tiny House Sites

Tiny House Village in Seattle

About the partnerships

The City’s Temporary Emergency Housing ordinance (view ordinance) enables faith communities, non-profits and government entities to establish and manage emergency housing such as tiny houses or tents on their property in order to temporarily house individuals experiencing homelessness.

Currently two local faith community organizations are hosting small tiny house villages on their property. As part of a City and Faith Community Pilot Partnership the City Council committed $100,000 to support these local faith organizations in setting up and managing these facilities. The funds are used for sanitation support like portable toilets, hand wash stations, trash removal and water and sewer service. It also funds a contract with a non-profit service provider to help individuals with case management.

Hope Village

Hope Village consists of 8 tiny houses serving 8-10 individuals. In addition to the 8 ft x 12 ft temporary housing structures, there is a 16 ft x 12 ft kitchen, and bathroom and refuse facilities. Case management is conducted in partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). The village is located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE.

New Hope Community

New Hope Community consists of 6 tiny shelter structures serving 10 individuals. There are also bathroom and refuge facilities onsite. The community is located at First Christian Church of Olympia, 701 Franklin Street SE.

How to host

The City of Olympia is looking for additional organizations to host emergency housing. If you are a faith community, non-profit or government entity and interested in hosting, please contact us at the number below.

As a first step we’ll meet with you to discuss the project. We will help you with the simple 30-day permit process, which includes holding an informational meeting about the proposal for the surrounding neighborhood. Get details...

Questions?

Contact Homeless Response staff at 360.742.6448 or homelessness@ci.olympia.wa.us