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July 5, 2017
A ribbon-cutting was recently held to celebrate Nickelsville Georgetown's final six structures — five tiny houses and an accessible ramp — constructed by local youth through Sawhorse Revolution.
The village can shelter 60 to 70 people. It has 40 tiny houses along with counseling offices, a kitchen tent, gathering areas and emergency overflow shelter.
The city-owned site at 1000 S. Myrtle Street, is run by Nickelsville, an organization founded and managed by people experiencing homelessness. The Low Income Housing Institute is the fiscal sponsor.
The tiny houses were financed, designed and constructed by local students, volunteers and organizations. Those groups include Sawhorse Revolution, JAS Design/Build, Tulalip Tribes TERO Program, Greenfab Homes, Saint Vincent DePaul, Youthbuild, ANEW, Seattle Vocational Institute, Pacific Lutheran Church, Walsh Construction, Wood Technical Institute, Renton Technical College, Carriage NW, Center for Spiritual Living, Huber Homes, Lucky 7 Foundation, Wyncote NW and Seattle Foundation.
Individuals from Seattle architecture firms Mithun, Weber Thompson and Olson Kundig mentored student builders and designed and volunteered construction labor for four of the houses.
Mithun also provided pro bono site planning for the community.