Plum Street Village Public Information Meeting

City of Olympia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date of Release: November 21, 2018
Contact:

Amy Buckler
Downtown Programs Manager
360.570.5847
abuckler@ci.olympia.wa.us


Plum Street Village Public Information Meeting

The Public is Invited to Learn More about the Plum Street Tiny House Village for Homeless Individuals

In January 2019, a new tiny house village for 40 homeless individuals will open its doors in Olympia. The public is invited to learn more about the Plum Street Village project at an information meeting on Thursday, December 6, at 6 p.m., in Room A of the Olympia Center, located at 222 Columbia St. NW. Following a presentation by the Low Income Housing Institute, there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the project.

The City of Olympia is leasing property and providing funding to the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) for the operation of this village. The village will house approximately 40 individuals in tiny houses that are each 8' x 12', are insulated, have electricity and heat, windows, and a lockable door. The facility will also include a security house, a communal kitchen, meeting space, bathrooms, showers, laundry, a case management office and 24/7 staffing.

The village is located at 830 Union Ave SE, which is the City’s former plant nursery behind the Yashiro Japanese Garden. This location will allow some of Olympia’s most vulnerable unhoused residents to have a safe and secure place while transitioning to permanent housing. The Plum Street Tiny House Village will be an integral aspect of the housing continuum and connect residents to necessary services. LIHI Case Managers work with village residents to help them obtain housing, employment, health care, treatment, education, and other services.

LIHI is a nonprofit developer and operator of over 2,200 units of affordable housing in the Puget Sound region, including Olympia and Lacey in Thurston County. They own and manage four buildings in the county including: Billy Frank Jr Place, Fleetwood Apartments, Magnolia Villa and Arbor House. 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 has served and supported over 2,000 people. 

Beginning in 2019, the City of Olympia will host a public process to determine how our regional community will respond long-term to the impacts of homelessness. To receive updates about this and other homeless response actions, sign up for the City’s new homeless response e-newsletter at olympiawa.gov/subscribe.