We've Reached An Incredible Milestone!

EcoTHRIVE Housing is thrilled to announce that the Washington State Housing Finance Commission recently awarded us a $685,000 supportive loan (at 1% interest) to build our pilot Resilient Village!

Through their Land Acquisition Program (LAP), the Housing Commission selectively facilitates purchases for developers who are building affordable housing. This award allows us to purchase the 1.8 acres of land we have under contract and keep to our timeline for developing our first Resilient Village. Our move-in date is scheduled for 2025, and we are in active conversations with philanthropists and lenders to generate the rest of the funding we need.

This stamp of approval from the Commission validates our mission and gives a powerful boost to our ongoing efforts. This is a BIG WIN for ecoTHRIVE, our partners, and most importantly the community who’ll benefit from this paradigm shift in housing! 

We want to take time now to send gratitude to all our friends, supporters, and advocates who made this remarkable milestone possible. Together, we're creating a new model for housing in the Pacific Northwest. 


Let’s continue to build community, together! 

It takes a village...

EcoTHRIVE has advanced our vision to reality. We now have land, funding, and the team we need to advance our paradigm shift in housing. In the coming weeks, we will share stories and successes in 2022 as we look ahead to breaking ground on our pilot village.

It takes a village to disrupt the housing paradigm. Please make a meaningful donation today to propel ecoTHRIVE's success into the new year. We seek to raise $50,000 and every dollar and every donation counts.


Public General Circle Meetings

Monthly - Every Fourth Monday From 4-6 pm

Join us at our General Circle meeting! These monthly meetings are a chance to hear an overview of everything happening at ecoTHRIVE. We get updates from all our circle delegates as well as general announcements and exciting upcoming events.

These meetings are a great way to learn about what ecoTHRIVE has been up to and get an inside look at ecoTHRIVE’s operations. See you there!


Virtual Zoom Meeting


"What Do You Need To Thrive?"
Gallery Opening and Reception

November 4th, from 6 - 7:30 pm (Opening Event)

the gallery will be open from 11/4 - 12/31

When we listen deeply to people's stories and are inspired to take action, transformative things can happen! Come celebrate the power of community!

In 2016, we began painting Unity flags with people throughout King County and asked them what they need to thrive. Through hundreds of conversations, people said we need things that feed our bodies: food, water, shelter and things that feed our souls: beauty, nature, community.  So we are building housing in Burien that centers community in a beautiful, affordable and resilient village that will thrive in a changing climate.  Join us!  


Susan Russell & Denise Henrikson


The Highline Heritage Museum
819 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166



We've found our site and signed a purchase and sale agreement. The beautiful 1.8-acre property is in Boulevard Park, Burien. Over the next couple of months, we will be finalizing the purchase process!

We have an architect! We're excited to announce that we hired James Raptis in July to work with us on developing our pilot resilient Village. James has generously shared his expertise with ecoTHRIVE early on in development and we're glad to have him formally on our team!
Introducing Dara Ith, our development advisor. Dara joined us last February and is leading our project management team and lending us her over 30 years of real estate development experience. 

Learn more about Dara & her firm Utopia Design + Develop.

We've launched our giving circle! We are working to raise $1.5 million over the next few months so that we can kick off the design development phase! Join us in creating this paradigm shift that creates affordable housing connected by community. Click here to donate.


We've been featured in some exciting articles throughout our early development process. Here's a round-up!

Burien City Council’s heated session on affordable housing & renters rights lasts over 5 hours
The B-Town Blog

"Extending the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program – which has been in effect for three years and is expiring soon – received almost unilateral support among the community members who spoke on it during Public Comments."

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EcoTHRIVE’s Burien Affordable Housing Village Secures Key Loan
The Urbanist

"The organization’s vision of using a limited equity cooperative to create a “resilient village” of 26 cottages affordable to people earning 40-50% of area median income (AMI) moved a significant step closer to becoming a reality."

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Modeling a new housing method, with thoughtful design
Real Change

"...Denise Henrikson stood next to a model of a terraced hillside set with small, wood boxes representing homes and handmade cardboard trees."

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ecoThrive's Village is on the Way!
Gem Of The Sound

“Smaller footprints”, which is what a small cottage home offers, is something many folks want as a lifestyle, not a stop-gap. This is what moved Denise Henrikson and Dara Ith to collaborate on the development of a cottage village here in Burien.

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EcoTHRIVE to Pilot New Model of Affordable Housing in Burien

The Urbanist

"If all goes well, the result will be the transformation of an oversized single-family lot into a “resilient village” of tiny houses owned by residents through a limited equity cooperative."

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Annual Seattle Design Festival Kicks Off August 20
The Urbanist

"The Collaborative Design Swarm, hosted by ecoTHRIVE Housing, is one installation that should not be missed. Last year The Urbanist wrote about ecoTHRIVE Housing’s innovative model for creating affordable housing in Burien."

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Ignite! Meet Our Speakers
Seattle Design Festival

"This week, we would like to highlight the work of our keynote speaker, Surya Vanka, and our 2021 partners ecoTHRIVE Housing and Seattle Happy Places, and welcome them all as participants at Ignite!"

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