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March 13, 2018

New tiny house village opening at Northlake

Photo provided by LIHI [enlarge]
Intershelter of Juneau manufactured this dome for the village to house a computer lab or community space.

An encampment of homeless people in Ballard is moving today to a new village of tiny houses in the Northlake neighborhood that will have a dome that can be used for a computer lab or community space.

Northlake Village will be on vacant Seattle City Light property at 3814 Fourth Ave. N.E.

The village will have 20 tiny houses with electricity and heat, a kitchen, community space, counseling office, and toilet and shower facilities. About 25 to 30 people will live there. The Low Income Housing Institute contracts with the city for services and operations. The village will be operated by Nickelsville as a clean and sober community, with residents participating in the operation.

Intershelter, Inc. of Juneau manufactured the 10-foot by 14-foot dome. LIHI said setting it up took three hours. “It may look like a Hobbit house but is quite spacious inside,” said Sharon Lee, executive director of LIHI.

Rebecca and Eli Almo donated the dome, and have contributed $350,000 to LIHI to help build tiny houses. The Almos co-founded Era Living, which develops retirement communities.

Seven tiny house villages in Seattle provided shelter to 843 people last year, LIHI said. A total of 143 residents exited to permanent housing and 115 were employed, it said. The 8-by-12 foot houses cost about $2,200 to build.

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