UW Combined Fund Drive

Featured Nonprofit

Our 2021 campaign featured nonprofit is Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), focusing on their Tiny Houses initiative.

Homelessness is a serious problem facing our region and the nation. There are far more homeless people than there is shelter space and affordable housing, leaving thousands on the streets in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, struggling just to survive.

LIHI’s 14 Tiny House Villages provide innovative shelter for hundreds of homeless individuals and families.

LIHI’s new tiny house village, Rosie’s Village, is being constructed at 45th and Roosevelt in the University District. The village is scheduled to open September 2021.

LIHI is one of the largest providers of tiny house village shelters in the nation, ensuring that people’s experience in homelessness is as safe, dignified, and brief as possible.

LIHI/Aaron Long

The Tiny House Villages are a variety of sizes, and all have security booths with 24-hour security, hygiene facilities, kitchen facilities, laundry, donation tents as well as a supportive staff and case managers for our homeless residents and their pets.

Tiny houses are approximately 100 square feet with a variety of designs. They are all safe, sturdy structures that protect homeless individuals and families. The tiny houses have lockable doors, insulation, windows, an overhead light, electricity, heat, and ventilation.
The villages provide the stability and assistance the residents need to get back on their feet and improve their lives. Case managers located on-site connect our residents with housing, employment, and needed social services like healthcare, education, childcare, income benefits, transportation, drug and alcohol treatment, unification with family and friends, and more. The Villages are all staffed by a special projects manager, case managers, and village organizers.

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: Volunteers for the tiny house project are needed in a variety of areas, including carpentry, painting, artwork, advocacy, etc.). Email tinyhouses@lihi.org for more info and to apply.

Tiny Houses waiting be moved to Rosie’s Village / LIHI

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Additional CFD Organizations Addressing Homelessness

Facing Homelessness (Charity Code: 1481773): Facing Homelessness is building a new awareness about our relationship to homelessness and to each other through visual storytelling, art advocacy, and community engagement. 

ROOTS (Charity Code: 0316599): Rising out of the Shadows (ROOTS) delivers critical services to homeless young adults and other low income persons, advocates for policies that foster dignity and long-term solutions, and works toward building partnerships. 

Mary’s Place (Charity Code: 1481713): Empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. 

Downtown Emergency Service Center (Charity Code: 0316485): Emergency shelter, permanent housing, mental health care, chemical dependency treatment and employment services combine to end the homelessness of disabled adults. 

YouthCare (Charity Code: 0320861): Since 1974, YouthCare has provided programs for homeless and disconnected youth and young adults to become independent, including housing, education, employment training, and case management. 

Compass Housing Alliance (Charity Code: 1479677): Compass Housing Alliance works collaboratively to develop affordable housing and operate essential services for low income and homeless people of the Puget Sound area. Our vision is a world in which every person lives in a save, caring community. 

Plymouth Housing Group (Charity Code: 0316555): Plymouth Housing Groups mission is to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing, and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing homeless adults with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives. 

Hopelink (Charity Code: 0320823): Hopelink promotes self-sufficiency and lasting change by providing food, shelter, transitional housing, financial assistance, employment services, literacy classes, transportation, healthcare, and family development. 

Attain Housing (Charity Code: 1478674): Attain Housing helps homeless and at-risk families with children in King County to become stable and self-sufficient. First, Attain Housing stabilizes families in 32 Attain Housing apartments and in units owned by others. Then, Attain Housing assists the families with services, including case management, which helps them make lasting life changes, leading to permanent housing.  

Habitat for Humanity of Seattle-King County (Charity Code: 0316505): Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County works to end substandard housing in partnership with volunteers and low-income families. We build, renovate and repair approximately 15 homes a year in Seattle and South King County. 

Building Changes (Charity Code: 0316469): Family homelessness is a sign that something is broken in our community. Building Changes acts as a compassionate engineer, designing and implementing a better system to end homelessness. 

Helping Hand House (Charity Code: 0316510): Helping Hand House is dedicated to preventing and ending family homelessness. Counties Served: Pierce 

HomeSight (Charity Code: 0316513): Revitalizes communities through housing development, homebuyer education, down payment assistance, and community building and organizing. 

Elizabeth Gregory Home (Charity Code: 1479421) Located in the University District, Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a Day Center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.