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South Seattle May Get Homeless Camp For 100 People

The Low Income Housing Institute has filed for a Seattle permit to open a camp with tiny houses, much like the one above, and tents.
Courtesy of Alec Garner
The Low Income Housing Institute has filed for a Seattle permit to open a camp with tiny houses, much like the one above, and tents.

South Seattle may have a new, 100-person homeless camp soon.

The Low Income Housing Institute, or LIHI, filed a permit with the city to open a camp with tiny houses and tents.

The property is on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, south of the Othello light-rail station.

LIHI director Sharon Lee says eventually they want to build affordable apartments on the lot -- but for now, they just want to get people off the streets.

"We decided that it was much safer to have people live in a tent city, or in tiny houses, a community of tiny houses, where they are protected and safe,” Lee said. “That there are also strict rules around no alcohol, no drugs, no violence."

It's a model Lee has worked with before – the Low Income Housing Institute ran its own homeless camp a few years ago.

Last summer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray identified three neighborhoods for new homeless camps: Ballard, Interbay and SODO. The third will be in South Seattle, though, not SODO.

That location was ruled out because it' so close to power lines that metal items like pots and pans would have been banned.

LIHI is holding a community meeting on the proposal at the New Holly Gathering Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.