LIHI cottage development aimed at people exiting homelessness

The cottages are for people who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.The cottages are part of a project to provide housing for people who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Each cottage includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom, loft, and front porch.

LIHI cottage development aimed at people exiting homelessness

Low Income Housing Institute completed Sand Point Cottage Community in Seattle Magnuson Park, a 22 unit cottage development. The development is geared towards people who are no longer homeless.

The project costing $5.2 million was built on approximately 2 acres of land owned by the city at 6343 NE65th St. This cost is over $263,000 for each unit.

The city leases the site for $1 per year to LIHI, an affordable housing nonprofit, as long as the land is utilized for housing.

Sand Point Cottage Community will house 36 residents including families, individuals, veterans, people who are disabled and seniors.

Each cottage measures 400 square feet. It includes a loft, a kitchen, a bathroom, s living room and consists of. A community center on site has a computer laboratory, a community kitchen, and a management office.

Six of the cottages have been built as modules off-site by students in pre-apprenticeship programs for construction trades, including Seattle Public Schools’ Skills Center, Tulalip TERO Preapprenticeship Program (TAPP), Marysville Regional Apprenticeship Pathways Program (RAP), and the Seattle Sand Point Summer Construction Training Program operated by LIHI.

The Executive Director Sharon Lee told the Business Journal that Seattle-based LIHI would begin renting the cottages in the near future.

The Housing Trust Fund of Washington State provided $4.3 million for the project. The Lucky 7 Foundation (360,000 dollars), Community Housing Capital (400,000 dollars) and KeyBank (250,000 dollars) provided additional funding. LIHI has not used any amortizing loan for this project.

Lee stated that he was ecstatic about the fact that the Housing Trust Fund of California and other funders were supporting permanent housing for families, singles, and couples who had been homeless.