UW Combined Fund Drive

June 2, 2022

What’s new with LIHI, the 2021 UWCFD featured nonprofit

Rosie’s Village, which opened in October 2021 at 45th and Roosevelt in the University District / Aaron Long, LIHI

The 2021 UWCFD featured nonprofit, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), provides safe and secure low-income and transitional housing options to people in our community experiencing homelessness.

LIHI’s work included building Rosie’s Place, the tiny home village located at 45th and Roosevelt, which opened in October 2021.

Rosie’s Place, along with all the other tiny homes villages that LIHI has built, provide private space with lockable doors, insulation, windows, an overhead light, electricity, heat, and community spaces with kitchens, restrooms, and laundry facilities.

In addition to providing shelter, these tiny house communities provide residents with onsite case managers to help them navigate available social services and help residents work towards a successful transition out of the village and into long term housing.  

Just a couple of months after the opening of Rosie’s Place, LIHI broke ground on Southend Village located on MLK Way in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. With the help of volunteers and a supportive community, the project was completed quickly and and on May 5th they celebrated the grand opening.

With the addition of Southend Village, LIHI now has 16 Tiny House villages throughout the Puget Sound area with more than 630 tiny homes.  

Not just tiny house villages

LIHI also owns and/or manages more than 40 apartment buildings offering over 2,000 housing units in six counties throughout the Puget Sound region and is continuing to grow.

This spring they broke ground on the exciting new Sand Point Cottage Housing project. This 22-cottage development will serve singles, couples and families exiting homelessness. Expected to be completed in November, each cottage features one bedroom, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, a loft and a front porch.

Additionally, the Sand Point project community house features community living space and community kitchen, property management office, a bathroom and a laundry room. Extensive landscaping, gardens, children’s play space, pathways and parking complete the design. 

LIHI is leading the way in the Pacific Northwest in working with the community and local governments to increase access to safe and stable transitional and low incoming housing options. Work such as this is made possible by the support of a strong community of donors and volunteers.  

Learn more

Get involved with LIHI

Donate: Set up payroll deduction or make a one-time gift to LIHI (charity code 1478543) through the UWCFD. 

In-kind donations of building materials, supplies or meals for a village, or hygiene products are welcome! Contact uwcfd@uw.edu for specific donation needs and how to donate them. 

Volunteer: LIHI’s volunteer program provides an opportunity for community members to contribute their skills, expertise and unique talents. We invite all community members including LIHI residents, employees, board members and supporters, to help LIHI achieve its mission. Email tinyhouses@lihi.org for more info and to apply!