The City of Seattle has entered into an agreement with public transit agency Sound Transit, to lease its land for the construction of a temporary tiny home village.
The land is located at a former construction site in the University District, and will be leased at no cost for a period of one year. That can however be renewed for a term of up to three years, upon which the property will revert back to its owner, and converted to a permanent transit-oriented development.
The Rosie’s Tiny Home Village, as it has been named, will be located on the site of the former U District light-rail station construction offices.
“This partnership is an example of how Sound Transit is working with cities to address the urgent challenges facing people experiencing homelessness,” said Peter Rogoff, Sound Transit’s CEO. “This innovative use of property first used for construction staging when building our new U District station is helping us tackle the most critical need burdening our region.”
The village will offer temporary housing to the homeless, by offering 36 furnished residential units capable of housing 65 people. There will be shared ammenities including kitchens, bathrooms and other community spaces.
The village will be managed by the City of Seattle, and operated by the Low Income Housing Institute.