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…

Anton Dekom

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

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