The City of Seattle wants to keep the Interbay Safe Harbor Tiny House Village operating on Port of Seattle property for another year.

Interbay was one of the three original villages set up to temporarily house the homeless in 2016, moving to the Port of Seattle’s Tsubota property near the Magnolia Bridge in November 2017. It was previously known as Tent City 5.

There will be a meeting with representatives from the city, port and the Low Income Housing Institute, which manages nine tiny house villages in Seattle, from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Church of the Ascension, 2300 Viewmont Way W.

Community members are being invited to ask questions and share feedback regarding the city’s request for a lease extension through 2020.

The Interbay village doubled its number of tiny houses back in March, and has added a full kitchen and restroom and shower facilities.

That effort had temporarily been delayed by a SEPA challenge filed by Magnolia resident Elizabeth Campbell. Lacking any “evidence aside from Ms. Campbell’s personal experience and opinion,” the hearing examiner sided with the city last November.

Tiny house villages offer access to homeless individuals and couples that have trouble using traditional shelters, including those who are LGBTQ, have large families, are undocumented, immigrants or refugees, single men with children and people with pets. Five of the nine villages in Seattle are on city-owned property.

The City of Seattle spends an average of $390,000 annually per tiny house village.

Interbay Village has a model that includes self-management by Tiny Cabins Safe Harbor residents, with two on-site case managers to support their transition into permanent housing.

The city reports 53 percent of Interbay Safe Harbor Village households exited into permanent housing between January and March, making it one of the highest performing villages.

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant is proposing land-use code amendments that would allow for more tiny house villages to be set up across the city.

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection on Aug. 8 released its Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for the proposed amendments to the city’s land-use code that would change development standards for transitional encampments and increase the amount that can be authorized. The appeal deadline was Aug. 29.