Seattle Expands Transitional Homeless Encampments

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 a number of changes to the permitting process for…