What is a tiny home for the homeless? Why do we need them?

aerial photo of Raven tiny home village in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood

Every night in Seattle/King County, WA, almost 8000 people sleep on the streets.  There is a tremendous and immediate need for indoor alternatives.  Tiny homes are small structures built as temporary alternatives to living outside so our homeless neighbors aren’t sleeping in tents, encampments, vehicles, or abandoned buildings while they await permanent housing.  Tiny homes are not permanent housing and are not an alternative to building more permanent affordable housing.  Rather, they are transitional housing that allows our homeless neighbors a way to live inside where it’s warm, safe, and dry while they stabilize in a village with wraparound services to get them to the next step in their lives.