Seattle has been successful in mixing crisis solution centers, tiny house villages on land primed for affordable housing development, Urban Rest 3 Stops (or hygiene centers complete with bathroom and laundry facilities), and permanent supportive housing (PSH).
Community partnerships that are a mix of government, private business, social service providers and non-profits have been the most successful.
Seattle’s private sector played a significant role in the development of Urban Rest Stops (hygiene centers) and PSH. Individuals and corporations donated or leased land at rock bottom rates or made one-time or recurring monetary donations to nonprofit projects. In exchange, government fast-tracked permitting, allowed zoning exemptions and negotiated other benefits.
The private sector buy-in is key because oftentimes the individuals or corporations partnering with government are also community stakeholders and lend credibility to government’s efforts and help rally