SEATTLE — The Vancouver, B.C.-based developer Burrard Group said Wednesday it will partner with the nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute to build 41 tiny homes — one for each story of its soon-to-be-completed luxury condominium tower, Nexus, in South Lake Union.
The Low Income Housing Institute is the financial manager of Seattle's nine tiny house villages, part of the city's front line in the fight against homelessness. The villages of small individual dwellings, advocates say, get residents off the street while they're waiting for spots in affordable housing.
"It takes years to build permanent supportive housing," said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute. "Rather than sleeping on streets, sleeping in cars, being protected by a tiny house is a warm, safe, dignified way to live."
The Burrard Group will donate $250,000 to the housing nonprofit to fund materials and utilities hookups for the new village, which will be in either South Lake Union, the Central District or both, depending on city approvals, Lee said.