The City will host a new tiny house village at 1399 Woburn Street, the former site of the City’s “Clean Green” facility. More information can be found in the July 22, 2021 and the February 24, 2021 press releases.
The City of Bellingham sought a partnership with qualified providers through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, which ran November to December 2020. Applicants were evaluated based on experience operating tiny house villages, a record of establishing stable housing for participants, and experience with permitting, planning, design, and construction. For further information on the minimum qualifications requested by the City, the RFQ can be found here.
The village will be managed by the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI), working in collaboration with Road2Home – a local Bellingham non-profit. The village will provide housing case management and 24/7 staff supervision, with an emphasis on transitioning residents to permanent housing. The project will be funded with a combination of federal and local funds. City Council approved the project as part of the 2021 budget.
Permits for the project were issued on April 14, 2021. However, on April 28th an appeal was made by several neighbors living near the project site challenging the SEPA DNS and land use approvals. The appeal was subsequently dismissed by the Hearing Examiner on May 28, 2021, and work on the project resumed. The appeal caused project delay, but the contractors are reengaging and a completion schedule for the village will be forthcoming.
For More Information
More details about this project can be found on the Road2Home and LIHI’s websites. Questions, concerns and feedback can also be directed to LIHI or Road2Home.