City Taps Tiny Shelters Meant for South End Residents to Accommodate North End Sweeps

After great controversy , this week the Southend Tiny Home Village finally opened with a clear goal: Provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness in the South End. Andrew Constantino, an Assistant Tiny House Program Manager at Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), said this new village will help bridge a gap in resources between unhoused populations in south and north Seattle.

Despite the village‚Äôs stated goal, however, the City will reserve at least five of LIHI’s 40 tiny shelters for people swept out of encampments up north. The decision represents the latest example of the way the City balances the occasionally competing pressures of expediency and equity in shelter referrals.