Low Income Housing Institute Programs
- LIHI’s portfolio includes 1,845 affordable rental & homeowner units in Seattle and surrounding areas.
- 3,871 people live in LIHI housing including 706 families with children.
- 1,332 or over 72% of LIHI’s units house formerly homeless individuals and families in transitional and permanent housing.
- LIHI provides supportive services to over 1,700 very low-income, formerly homeless, and special needs individuals and families in 685 households.
- LIHI provides services to increase the stability and self-sufficiency of their residents, including: case management, resource coordination, information and referral services, crisis intervention, basic needs purchases, independent living skills training, and educational programs.
Urban Rest Stop (URS)
- LIHI's URS is a hygiene center that provides a safe and dignified environment where homeless people can use restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as health, information, and referral services all free of charge.
- The URS has been in operation for 12 years and serves an average of 450 homeless people each day.
- LIHI has a record of successfully fighting for social change and progressive policies to end homelessness and combat poverty. LIHI provides legislative testimony and communication with state and national elected officials.
- LIHI publishes and distributes Housing Washington, a statewide newsletter focusing on current policy and activities in affordable housing.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2013, LIHI opened the 60 unit Ernestine Anderson Place in Seattle's Central Area. We brought 45 homeless seniors, including 8 veterans, into permanent housing linked with supportive services, and provided housing for an additional 15 low-income seniors.
In 2012, LIHI opened a second Urban Rest Stop in the University District in collaboration with University Temple United Methodist Church and ROOTS. Within days the new URS was operating at full capacity, once again demonstrating how vital hygiene services--showers, laundry, foot care, and more--are for the homeless.
In 2011, LIHI opened Gossett Place in the University District. We brought 71 chronically homeless young adults and veterans off the streets and into permanent supportive housing. Named after Larry Gossett, King County Council Chair and highly respected community leader, Gossett Place is a shining example of how affordable housing can be built to high design standards and contribute to neighborhood revitalization.
In 2009, LIHI used its creative savvy to take advantage of the economic slowdown when they purchased the site, permits, and plans from a private developer who was denied bank loans for a boutique hotel. Because this project was “shovel ready”, it took only 2 years to complete. Gossett Place is a 62 unit property for homeless young adults and veterans with a state-of-the-art computer lab, a large community room, and two rooftop decks with raised garden beds and city views. Resident rent is 30% of their income. Supportive services are provided on-site through a partnership with Sound Mental Health.
LIHI has five projects with 217 units in various stages of acquisition, pre-development, and construction: Ballard Senior Housing (50 units), Bellevue Apartments (57 units), Jackson Workforce Housing (60 units), and Roosevelt Apartments (50 units). LIHI needs continued financial support to build these units and provide services to the low-income families and individuals that will live in them. We also need ongoing support for the Urban Rest Stop.