About the Village
The Plum Street Tiny House Village is a temporary site that will provide stable, managed shelter for 40-50 people experiencing homelessness in Olympia. The City of Olympia is leasing the property to the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and is providing funding for the operation of the site near Plum St. and Union Ave (see map).
The village will have approximately 30 tiny houses for 40+ single adults and couples without children. The tiny houses are each 8' x 12', insulated, have electricity and heat, windows, and a lockable door. There is also a security house, a communal kitchen, meeting space, bathrooms, showers, laundry, a case management office, and 24/7 staff providing security and management.
As part of the program, LIHI case managers will connect residents with services to help them to stabilize and work toward self-sufficiency with the goal of placing them in permanent housing.
Residents are required to sign a Code of Conduct and will be expected to follow behavioral expectations, perform community chores, attend village meetings, adhere to quiet hours policy, and meet other requirements commonly expected of good neighbors.
Community Advisory Committee
The Plum Street Village will establish a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that will monitor the progress of the village and the residents who live within it, and serve as a liaison between the community and the village. Members of the CAC will include nearby neighborhood stakeholders, including community leaders, businesses, immediate neighbors, service providers and others.
The CAC will meet monthly and meeting minutes will be posted here. If you are interested in applying to serve on the CAC, please contact Josh Castle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is a nonprofit developer and operator of over 2,200 units of affordable housing in the Puget Sound region, including Olympia and Lacey. LIHI has developed 10 Tiny House Villages in Seattle and has consulted on the development and operation of others across the state and country. The Seattle program has helped over 400 people transition into long-term housing, assisted over 200 in gaining employment, and served and supported over 2,000 people.
Contact Josh Castle, LIHI Community Engagement Manager, at 206.957.8067 or email@example.com.