Last month we authorized the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, to use the balance of our funding to build tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness. This funding was originally intended to be used for the construction of Mighty Houses, but the COVID-19 pandemic created huge impediments…


People camping underneath Interstate 5 in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. An encampment was recently removed just blocks from this location. Photo by the author.

Removals of homeless encampments, often called “sweeps,” cause both economic harm and severe emotional trauma for people who are living unsheltered. Here in Seattle, the controversial practice is carried out by the Human Services Department and the Navigation Team and has not proven to be effective at connecting people with…


Volunteers building and painting tiny houses at Georgetown Village in March of 2017. Photo by the author.

On Tuesday, the Seattle City Council passed legislation that increases the number of tiny house villages that may be permitted within the City. The bill, introduced in draft form last August but delayed by State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeal, was sponsored by Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

The new legislation makes…


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Tomorrow, February 18th, Seattle City Council will vote on Council Bill 119656, legislation that would loosen restrictions on sanctioned homeless encampments. The following is an endorsement of that bill written on behalf of AIA Seattle. Official endorsement is here. …


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It was an early 2:00am morning in January of 2018, and the four of us were driving from Seattle to a church in Bellevue, a nearby city on the other side of Lake Washington. …


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Co-authored by Emily Darling, Alexander Froehlich, and Anton Dekom.

With election day fast approaching, races for seven of Seattle’s nine City Council seats are entering the final stretch. Over the last weeks and months, many of the candidates have described their positions at in-person candidate forums and in online questionnaires…


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For the past year the Committee on Homelessness (COHO) has been working on crafting AIA Seattle’s positions and priorities related to local homeless policy. I’m happy to announce that that effort recently concluded with AIA’s board of directors voting to approve COHO’s policy statement on September 19th.

A lot of…


What follows is an excerpt from a letter that I wrote to AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board (PPB) back in March as part of a process (that is still ongoing) to develop a stronger “policy statement” related to the homelessness crisis in our region.

Whereas the policy statement itself is…

Anton Dekom

Architect and advocate for affordable housing, density, and for those living unsheltered.

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