Law­suit aims to shut down Seat­tle’s tiny home vil­lages

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A group is su­ing the city of Seat­tle over its use of tiny home vil­lages to com­bat home­less­ness.

KIRO-TV re­ports that Safe Seat­tle, which pro­motes it­self as a nonprofit watch­dog for pub­lic safety and gov­ern­ment ac­count­abil­ity, filed a law­suit Tues­day in King County Su­pe­rior Court.

Group mem­ber David Pre­ston says the group is su­ing the city and the Low In­come Hous­ing In­sti­tute “for op­er­at­ing these tiny house vil­lages with­out proper per­mit­ting and with­out do­ing the things they need to do to run what are, in fact, as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

The group hopes to put an end to the shel­ter pro­gram.

Seat­tle, which is in the midst of a home­less­ness cri­sis, has started a hand­ful of tiny house vil­lages to pro­vide peo­ple with shel­ter that’s safer and warmer than tents. The tiny homes are small spa­ces with beds, heat­ing, and ac­cess to wa­ter, show­ers and bath­rooms.

The city of Olympia also has con­tracted with Low In­come Hous­ing In­sti­tute to run the tiny house vil­lage it is plan­ning on land it owns at 830 Union Ave. SE, be­hind the Yashiro Ja­panese Gar­den.

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