City & Faith Community Pilot Partnership

Tiny House Village in Seattle

About the Partnership 

The City and Faith Community Pilot Partnership (view ordinance) enables faith communities and non-profits to establish and manage tiny house and transitional shelter facilities on their property to temporarily house homeless individuals. View the ordinance...

In 2019, the pilot program provides for three sites:

  • Two small sites with 1-6 houses each
  • One medium size site with 10-20 houses, and communal facilities

The City will provide funding and staff support for three local faith organizations to set up and manage the tiny house/shelter facilities on their property. To support this, the City Council has committed $100,000 to fund sanitation support like portable toilets, hand wash stations, water and sewer service, trash removal and a contract with a non-profit service provider to help manage all three sites.

Faith community partners will host the facilities on their property and supply the tiny houses. They may also contribute to group facilities for homeless individuals on public land managed by the City.

City-Faith Working Group

This effort is led by a working group comprised of faith community representatives, City staff and individuals with expertise in establishing tiny house communities. This group has recently formed and is in the process of identifying sites and designing a program for the City to contract with a non-profit organization to provide services at these facilities.

FAITH Task Force

  • Peter Cook - The United Churches of Olympia
  • Kai Abrahamsom-Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Ed McClanahan-Evergreen Christian Community
  • Brad Morrill-South Sound Foursquare Church
  • Terry Murray-Unity Church
  • Nancy Nelson-Westminster Presbyterian Church

City Staff

  • Keith Stahley, Community Planning & Development Director
  • Colin DeForrest, Homeless Response Coordinator

Tiny House Expert

  • John Brown, Special Projects Manager, Low Income Housing Institute

Next Steps

Once sites have been identified, the host organizations will apply for a permit and, with City support, hold an informational meeting about the proposal for the surrounding neighborhood.

Questions?

Contact Homeless Response staff at 360.753.8231 or homelessness@ci.olympia.wa.us