New Seattle tiny house village opens in response to coronavirus

Tiny houses on display May 30, 2018 as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced an increased effort to address homelessness with the homes. (Matt Pitman, KIRO Radio)

A new tiny house village is opening in Seattle in response to the coronavirus pandemic and Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proclamation of civil emergency.

The site was opened to help vulnerable people at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, in accordance with the city's directive to find housing for Seattle's unsheltered population.

T.C. Spirit Village was opened by the Low Income Housing Institute and operated on land owned by The Christ Spirit Church in the Central District.

The new site includes 28 tiny houses, a community kitchen, hygiene building, laundry, staff and counseling office and security. It will be staffed 24/7 to help the 32 residents with housing, employment, health care, education and other services.

The Low Income Housing Institute is also doubling the size of Lake Union Village in South Lake Union. A total of 50 new tiny houses will shelter up to 60 people, including single residents, couples and people with pets.