That brings me to my next bit of good news. It Takes A Village, the public-private campaign to scale tiny house villages spearheaded by my office, has received $2 million in funding in the State Legislature’s recently passed Capital Budget (page 63)! Just as a reminder, tiny house villages typically cost $400,000 to $600,000 in onetime costs to standup. This infusion of $2 million will help us further stretch City dollars to stand up more villages more quickly and meet the scale of our homelessness crisis.
There are many people to thank for securing this crucial funding, but I am especially grateful to Speaker Emeritus Frank Chopp (D-43) for his tremendous advocacy and shepherding of this budget item. Speaker Emeritus Chopp championed a number of different housing efforts in Olympia this year, as he does most years, and I appreciate his diligence on behalf of all the people of Seattle in getting this critical investment through.