About Us

EcoTHRIVE Housing is a Community Land Trust. We are building beautiful, affordable and resilient villages that center community and will thrive in a changing climate.
We are dedicated to creating and stewarding home ownership opportunities accessible to people earning low incomes, now and for future generations.

Our Vision

We envision vibrant, affordable communities where people are connected with nature and with each other.

Our Mission

Collaborating to create resilient villages.

Why We Do It

While housing affordability is the immediate crisis that drives ecoTHRIVE, our community-building approach addresses the deeper roots that underpin the crisis:

  • The deep need for equity and justice, particularly the need for racial justice in a society growing more unequal and fractured.

  • The intensifying climate crisis, which in our region is worsened by housing costs that drive low-to-moderate income people out of the city, away from areas well served by transit, driving up transportation emissions, the region’s largest source of carbon pollution.

  • The deep need for connection: to ourselves, each other, and nature.

We’ve formed a Community Land Trust to create pathways to ownership that are accessible to people earning low incomes, now and for future generations.

We are moving past traditional affordable housing models—that often displace and isolate people—to build a more collaborative approach that meets human needs while addressing climate and ecological sustainability.

Our Roots

The vision of a Resilient Village came from our conversations with community members—at farmer’s markets, community festivals, local parks and homeless encampments throughout King County.

We began each conversation by asking two questions:

  • What do you need to thrive?
  • What do you value?

Through hundreds of conversations, people consistently told us they need:

  • Things that feed the body—water, food, shelter
  • Things that feed the soul—art, beauty, community

The vision that emerged was a village that thrives in a culture of mutual aid, shared resources, interdependence and beauty. With resilience as a touchstone, we began plans for villages that will withstand the impacts of economic downturns, climate disruption, and food insecurity.

Further research into affordable communities led us to SquareOne Villages in Eugene, OR. They became our trail-blazing mentors and we have adopted their successful Village Model.

The 4 elements of the Village Model are:


Our People

Board Members

ZsaZsa Floyd headshot

Zsa Zsa Floyd

Board Secretary

Zsa Zsa organized the first homeless march in Eugene, Oregon. “I had $1800 in my pocket and two jobs but no one would rent to me. I was living in a Pinto with 3 kids.” She worked with the head of the NAACP to bring attention to local racial and economic injustice and was appointed to the Springfield (OR) Human Rights Commission where she served for a 4-year term.

After experiencing too many years of homelessness, Zsa Zsa moved into Camp Second Chance in South Seattle where she quickly became a respected leader and board member. She was trusted to mediate conflicts and counsel campers. She describes her role as “Creating a community where people felt safe and at least liked, if not loved, although love is best. And I listened because everything matters.” Zsa Zsa also used her considerable administrative skills to set up the camp’s first bookkeeping system and database.

Zsa Zsa has since moved into permanent housing and continues to advocate for people experiencing homelessness. She began as a consumer advocate for the Community Advisory Group (CAG) of the Seattle/King County’s Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) and was voted onto the Executive Committee. Zsa Zsa currently serves as Vice Chair where she develops agendas for the executive board, determines training needs and facilitates meetings, in addition to her outreach work on the streets.

Building community isn’t just a strong value for Zsa Zsa, it’s part of her DNA. Her grandmother’s family was one of the first Black families in Eugene. Prior to moving into town, they lived in a tent city along the Willamette River. At that time Black people were not allowed to live within the city limits. In the 1960s, Zsa Zsa’s grandmother Mattie Reynolds ran for Eugene City Council and now has a city park named after her, honoring her commitment to social justice. As Zsa Zsa says, “This is where my sense of empowerment comes from.” Zsa Zsa graduated with honors from Sanford-Brown College in 2009.

“We were oppressed and depressed, but we had one another to raise each other up”

—Mattie Reynolds, Zsa Zsa’s grandmother

Susannah Hale headshot

Susannah Hale

Board Treasurer

Susannah, currently a fundraising consultant, has over 15 years of fundraising and partnership investment experience. She has led fundraising campaigns for environmental justice and land conservation efforts, including working closely with donors and tribal councils to secure over 4,000 acres in Kitsap County at the Port Gamble Forest.

Prior to fundraising, Susannah spent a decade running large-scale art fairs and events for a commercial art and design college.

Susannah is committed to doing work that advances a more sustainable world and more equitable society. She is passionate about the intersectionality of economic justice, land conservation, the right to housing, food sovereignty and Native land rights.

Susannah also serves on the Board of Directors for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Foundation.

Denise Henrikson headshot

Denise Henrikson

Board President & Co-Founder

Denise Henrikson is a community builder and cultural animator. Her creativity and persistence has helped launch many enduring cultural happenings in the region. Her faith in humanity remains strong.

She helped organize the first twenty Fremont Summer Solstice Parades and helped build the Fremont Troll. She taught the lantern workshops that launched what is now the annual Luminata Lantern Festival at Green Lake.

Denise initiated the Village Project, an elementary school program where students applied academic lessons around creating classroom businesses, including worker-owned cooperatives. Local business owners mentored the classrooms’ start-ups. The program ran for 25 years..

Denise’s success in building joyful community coalitions led to a career in workforce development for the US Department of Labor & Job Corps. She coached multi-stakeholder partnerships for education and training programs throughout the country, using asset-based assessments and appreciative inquiry to connect people to their passion, strengthen programs, and inform policy.

In 2007, she founded Arts A Glow, an annual lantern festival, in collaboration with the city of Burien. In 2015, she led the Salmon Is Life performance troupe to Paris for the COP21 climate talks. It was there that she had a revelation into the interconnection of climate change, food sovereignty and attainable housing.

The seed of ecoTHRIVE grew from Susan Russell, an artist and Real Change vendor. She had a vision of making art with people experiencing homelessness. Susan and Denise went on to host over 40 art pop-ups at homeless encampments and public spaces throughout King County. They asked “What do you need to thrive?” Listening to hundreds of people tell of heartbreak and resilience was life-changing. Susan and Denise were inspired to convene the ecoTHRIVE team with a mission to create affordable, beautiful villages where people have the time and security to thrive.

In the spring of 2019, Denise approached the city of Burien with a proposal. She needed zoning flexibility to build a small cottage village. The City passed the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program in November 2019 which created a pathway for the ecoTHRIVE project and other missing middle housing.
Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a BFA in Textiles/Crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She knows that we are all made of stardust.

Katie Hogan

Board Member

With Bachelor’s degrees in political science and interior design, and 20+ years as a copyeditor and project manager, Katie Hogan (she/her) brings a unique and varied background to her role as Project Manager & Interior Designer at Schemata Workshop. Katie is passionate about affordable housing and creating beautiful, equitable spaces that are welcoming and inclusive. Katie is an invaluable member of our Built Environment Circle, which she joined shortly after volunteering at ecoTHRIVE’s booth at the 2021 Seattle Design Festival. She is the lead facilitator for that circle’s meetings, has contributed detailed research on design guidelines and the application of biophilic design in the village, and has used her background in interior design to help us refine our unit and common house designs, among countless other contributions.

Kimberly Leeper

Board Member

Kimberly Leeper, a Seattleite since 1995, is a garden educator, plant and wildlife enthusiast, and regenerative landscape consultant who specializes in food forests, Pacific NW native plants, and beneficial wildlife habitats.

She has a background in school psychology; teaching and learning with children and adults in schools and the forest; community organizing for collaborative emergency preparedness; volunteering with community gardens and plant-related endeavors – Beacon Food Forest for the past 10 years and leading natural landscaping companies for 18 years – currently – Working With Nature. These days Kimberly focuses on consulting, coaching projects, and instructing classes. She loves inspiring people to think more holistically about their landscapes, and create an oasis with lots of foraging opportunities close to home!

Advisory Board Members

Zahid Chaudhry

Advisory Board Member

Zahid Chaudhry is a decorated, service-disabled US Army veteran indigenous to South Asia. Over the course of 25+ years in Washington State, Zahid has meaningfully contributed to dozens of social justice, housing, and community development organizations, bringing a keen strategic mind, empathetic counselor’s heart, and depth of financial expertise to strengthen and advance our shared vision of the beloved community.

Susan Russell

Susan Russell

Advisory Board Member & Co-Founder

Susan is a Real Change vendor who experienced 7+ years of homelessness in Seattle/ King County. She is a requested keynote speaker advocating for human rights, and was awarded the 2018 Real Change Change Agent Award for her work bringing people together through Art, Compassion, Love and Action. Currently, Susan serves as the Program Coordinator for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meals program where she leads a team of volunteers who feed people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

In 2016 she co-founded Love Wins Love, to bring people together—homeless and housed—to make art and share stories and ideas for reimagining housing. The conversations generated through Love Wins Love planted the seeds from which EcoTHRIVE Housing has grown. Susan is passionate about creating affordable housing solutions and rebuilding the community as a whole.


Staff & Volunteers

Melissa Chaudhry

Operations Manager

Melissa believes that humanity can be a beneficial presence on this planet, and that everyone deserves to thrive. She has spent the past fifteen years learning all she can about how to design and cultivate homes and futures that work for everyone. Her interests span sustainable infrastructure, biophilic design, natural building, permaculture, network convening, cooperative ownership, business design, real estate, and land development. She graduated from Evergreen State College in 2019, after spending the early part of her 20s in Canada as a young mother, and spending several years in the tropics studying and building integrated food-forestry and aquaponics systems in four countries. She is passionate about affordable housing, democratic governance, and community land trusts, and is dedicated to ensuring all people have the dignity of shelter, stability, support, autonomy, and a path to a good future.

emma sutton headshot

Emma Sutton

Project Manager

Emma is a designer, community builder, data enthusiast, and artist. She runs a consulting business (Marjorie Design) which focuses on providing digital infrastructure and project management services to communities and businesses. She is also a member of the 2019 cohort of the Housing Development Consortium‘s affordable housing leadership development course.

Through her studies at Hampshire College, she became driven to ensure that everyone has access to thriving and resilient communities. Emma began her education with a drive to promote environmental sustainability. While exploring sustainable architecture Emma studied how her grandmother had designed her own home. As a nurse and realtor, Emma’s grandmother made a home that she was able to live in for the rest of her life. Emma was inspired by her grandmother’s care, foresight, and innate application of universal design principles and Emma carries those lessons with her in all areas of her life.

Greeshma Mysore Girish

Green Building & Sustainable Architecture Advisor

Greeshma Mysore Girish is a sustainable architect who works as a Green Project Coordinator in ArchEcology, Seattle. She uses her analytical skills and technical expertise to help the green building certification process and to make the building more sustainable. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Masters’s degree in Sustainable Architecture. She is a LEED Green Associate and Indian Green Building Council Accredited Professional and loves being part of ecoTHRIVE as she shares the same passion for the eco-community as them. She likes painting and spending time in nature in her free time.

Hanae van Wingerden

Event Manager & Affordable, Sustainable Housing Advocate
Hanae’s interest in housing initially sparked from her volunteer experience at a youth homelessness shelter nearby her school. In high school, she went on to pursue a semester-long research project on the impact of discriminatory New Deal housing policies on the racial and socioeconomic disparities seen in the housing scene today, an independent study in sustainable, affordable housing, and started a club to shed light on the lack of affordable housing in the Greater Seattle Area. She recently graduated from Lakeside School and currently attends Middlebury College, where she plans to further pursue her interest in the intersections of sustainability and housing.

Development Team

Dara Ith

Real Estate Developer/Designer

Dara Ith is a local real estate developer known for developing projects that offer quality and custom design details without sacrificing affordability.

In 1987, she co-founded Utopia Design+Develop with Sisarith Ith who holds a PHD in architecture from Ecole Des Beaux Art, Paris, France. Over the past 30 years, they have developed residential, commercial and mixed use projects throughout the Puget Sound region.

Dara joined the ecoTHRIVE team in the spring of 2022. Since then she has led the development of ecoTHRIVE’s pilot village under Burien’s Affordable Housing Demonstration Program. She conducted the market analysis and built financial models that confirm the project’s viability. Dara then found suitable land, negotiated the acquisition, designed the project direction, and put together a talented team of consultants.

Dara brings a wealth of experience and connections with financial institutions and local jurisdictions. She is passionate about creating quality homes that are affordable for people to own and grow their financial opportunities.

Environmental Works

Landscape Architects

Environmental Works, a nonprofit Community Design Center, empowers Washington’s most vulnerable people and communities to create the spaces they need to succeed. Our team provides custom planning, architecture, and design services to WA nonprofits through a collaborative design process that ensures their unique needs are met. People and Places Matter!

Lisa Harbert

Civil Engineer

We are in business because it’s going to rain! We are a small firm that specializes in stormwater engineering. We do site plans, drainage plans, and temporary and permanent erosion plans for residential, commercial and municipal clients.

I have 20 years of experience with roadway drainage, bridge hydraulics, and scour analysis. I am licensed in Illinois, Florida and Washington.

MWBE/DBE Certified, SCS Certified

Specialties: Residential and Small Commercial Stormwater Permitting, Roadway Drainage, Bridge Hydraulics, Detention Pond Designs, Erosion Control, and some roadway design.


Tamara Broadhead

Marketing Consultant

Carrie Hawthorne

Communications Consultant

Andrew Heben

Urban Planning & Design Advisor

Pat Park

Real Estate Developer

Our Partners

SquareOne Villages (SOV) has been an invaluable inspiration and support. SOV builds affordable villages in Lane County, Oregon. The Village Model is an innovative ownership structure SOV is implementing that brings together two forms of shared-equity homeownership—a Community Land Trust and a Limited Equity Cooperative. 

Our immense gratitude goes to the Taubman Foundation for believing in our vision and our ability to carry it through.

We are grateful for the support and collaboration of the following organizations

Together we can shape the future of housing in King County. 

outreach timeline

We've conducted extensive community outreach and integrated the input we’ve received into the design of our affordable cottage village. This collection describes our outreach events, dates, methods, results, and documentation of each event/ activity.


Painting Unity Flags and asking the community “What Do You Need to Thrive?” Art draws people into conversations.


Hosted over 3 dozen pop-up art-making stations in parks, festivals, food banks/ shelters and farmers markets in King County. Engaged hundreds of people across class, age, and culture.

Summary of Community Input:

People said they/we need things that feed our bodies (food, water, shelter) and things that feed our souls (art, music, gardens) What we need the most is COMMUNITY.

See More About Our Roots


Listening Session at Douglass-Truth Library. Invited people who have experienced homelessness and people from the provider/social services community.


Shared a meal and used the Pomegranate Method of community input to identify needs.

Summary of Community Input:

Cooperative, Supportive, Healthy Relationships; Self Governance with Clear Expectations: Code of Conduct, Community Agreement; Personal Growth and Development Opportunities and Resources On-site; Economic Engines On-site; Ecologically Minded Build – solar, gardens, green space, earthships; Well Thought Out Drug Policy Needed; Honors Diversity to Enrich Collective; Gathering Spaces for work and play – indoors and outdoors; Relaxation Spaces; Safety


Design charette with people who have experienced homelessness. Co-Hosted with members of the NW EcoBuilding Guild.


Materials included a hypothetical site map (1 acre), colored paper and markers. And snacks!

Summary of Community Input:

Design teams stressed that private bathrooms and kitchens were a priority*. Participants also recommended that cottages be arranged in “pods” of 3-5 units. 

*This input motivated us to shift our goal from creating a transitional housing model (0-30% AMI) to a permanent housing model (30-50% AMI) that is financially sustainable and resident-owned.

See The Slide Presentation


WA-BLOC Youth Empowerment Day at Rainier Beach High School


Painting Unity Flags and asking the students. “What Do You Need to Thrive?”

Summary of Community Input:

Affordable, Accessible, Adaptable (flexible spaces), & Safe. Includes resources that support education and for healing the mind and body.

See Document For Details


Seattle Design Festival 2021 at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. The SDF brings the design community and the general public together to discuss solutions to societal challenges.


Painted hearts and asked the community “What Do You Need to Thrive?” Art draws people into conversations.

Summary of Community Input:

People said they/we need things that feed our bodies (food, water, shelter) and things that feed our souls (art, music, gardens) What we need the most is COMMUNITY.

See Our SDF Facebook Post With Photos


Built Environment Circle: Members of the ecoTHRIVE Team and community members discuss and provide feedback on aspects of the built environment


One of ecoTHRIVE primary circles, dedicated to providing guidance, research, and feedback on the Built Environment.

Summary of Community Input:

The group provided the programming recommendations for the initial village including unit mix and community amenities. The group has also done extensive research on sustainability, accessibility, resiliency, permaculture, and other design and development topics. They composed a series of design guidelines for the architect and design team to use to structure their work. They also support ecoTHRIVE by producing graphics, supporting events, and strategizing for development and fundraising opportunities.

See Our Design Guidelines


Conversation with Community Outreach consultant, Roxana Pardo Garcia.


Roxana has been working with the City of Burien to gather input from the community for the City’s sub-area plan for Boulevard Park. We reached out to Roxana to provide advice on our plan.

Summary of Community Input:

Roxana stressed the need for affordable housing for families.

This impacted our site design. Originally, due to prioritizing maximum affordability, we were planning to create more studios. Now, we are creating mostly 2-bedroom cottages and only 2 studios.


Art in the Shark Community Garden at New Start High School


Painting Unity Flags and asking the community “What Do You Need to Thrive?” Art draws people into conversations.

Summary of Community Input:

People said they/we need things that feed our bodies (food, water, shelter) and things that feed our souls (art, music, gardens) What we need the most is COMMUNITY.

See Our Facebook Post About Shark Garden


Land Celebration at North SeaTac Park


Displayed conceptual site design and asked the community for their feedback. 

Summary of Community Input:

General enthusiasm for the development of an affordable village in Boulevard Park. Many neighbors signed up on our mailing list to stay informed.

See Our Facebook Post Promoting The Boulevard Park Block Party


Seattle Design Festival 2022 at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. The SDF brings the design community and the general public together to discuss solutions to social and civic challenges.


Hosted a modified “Design Swarm” to inspire innovative ideas that we might integrate into the design of the affordable village to increase economic, ecological, and social resilience.

Displayed conceptual (2D and 3D) site design, including a scale model of the land & buildings and asked the community for their feedback.

Summary of Community Input:

How Might We…

  • reduce personal car use [in the village]?
  • reduce food costs without sacrificing quality or quantity [in the village]?
  • reduce water use [in the village]?
  • reduce electricity use [in the village]?

Other Questions

  • What are some effective social technologies that might support social and cultural resilience [in the village]?
  • What income-producing opportunities might we integrate [in the village]?
  • How might we create intimate private spaces & generous shared spaces in the village?

See Our Facebook Posts About

See The Responses We Collected


Public Meeting with the City of Burien, Environmental Works, and the ecoTHRIVE Built Environment Team. Invitations (in English, Spanish and Vietnamese) were mailed to all 985 residents who live within 1000 feet of the property . The invitations provided links to submit comments and/or attend the public meeting.


We conducted a virtual meeting, including a 20 minute presentation and Q & A- and solicited community feedback via a survey. Invitations (English, Spanish and Vietnamese) to submit comments and/or attend the public meeting were sent to 985 residents who live within 1000 feet of the property.

Summary of Community Input:

During the public meeting, people wanted to know how much it will cost to live there.

We received 3 comments/ questions via the on-line survey- their questions focused on who will live there and what we are doing about drainage/ run-off.

See The Q & A’s From The Survey


Public outreach event welcome to all, hosted at the Highline Heritage Museum in Burien. We invited people to join us in reviewing the updated site plans, making hearts, asking questions, and listening to project updates.

See Our Event Photos & Reflection


We've been featured in some exciting articles and press releases throughout our development process! Here's a round-up (sorted by date).

Jayapal Announces FY24 Seattle-Area Funding Requests

April 27, 2023

“WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) is today announcing her Community Project Funding (CPF) requests for the 2024 Fiscal Year (FY24). CPF allows Members of Congress to secure funding for specific projects in their districts through the annual appropriations process.”

Read The Press Release

RapidRide H Line, parking enforcement, camping update, EcoTHRIVE approval & more from Monday night’s Burien City Council

March 28, 2023

“EcoTHRIVE’s affordable cottage community was approved unanimously by council to be one of five Affordable Housing Demonstration Projects. EcoTHRIVE is a well-planned, resident-owned eco village.”

Read The Article

Legislative update, approval of EcoThrive Housing Project & more on agenda for Monday night’s Burien City Council

March 25, 2023

“On the agenda for Monday night’s (Mar. 27, 2023) regular Burien City Council meeting: State Legislative update, approval of EcoThrive Housing Demonstration Project and more.”

Read The Article

EcoTHRIVE celebrates land acquisition for new housing community

February 15, 2023

“The affordable housing organization EcoTHRIVE has officially acquired a plot of land in north Burien for its first pilot affordable housing project. When completed, the development will have about 27 environmentally friendly cottage units, a shared community space and land set aside for an urban garden.”

Read The Article

Community Connectors, Shape Your City, Crime & Arts discussed at Monday night’s Burien City Council

February 7, 2023

“Council approved about $140,000 for two housing developments chosen by South King Housing & Homelessness Partners (SKHHP), which is a unified coalition formed by 11 cities to pool funds and increase affordable housing options throughout King County. Both the approved developments, which include Habitat for Humanity and Mercy Housing Northwest, are in Burien, with a third, EcoThrive, likely to be approved this year.”

Read The Article

Four big housing ideas that could reshape greater Seattle: The Ripple Effect

December 22, 2022

“The second stop on our road trip is in Burien, where a small cottage development in a pleasant residential neighborhood is making its way through the permit process. The Ecothrive project will be a “community land trust,” which its leader, Denise Henriksen, said will protect its affordability forever.”

Read The Article

In Burien, an unusual affordable housing experiment gains steam

November 14, 2022

“Buying a home is out of reach for most low-income families in the ultra-expensive greater Seattle metro area. The city of Burien is trying to change that. It’s experimenting with tiny cottages, with up to two bedrooms, that families earning less than $50,000 per year can buy.”

Read The Article & Listen To The Broadcast

Artist’s Reception for Highline Heritage Museum exhibit will be Friday night

November 2, 2022

“Denise and Susan’s exhibit, “What Do We Need to Thrive?” features batik flags created that were made at over 40 different parks, festivals, farmers markets and encampments in King County. The free exhibit is at the museum through December.”

Read The Article

Burien Council Passes Tenant Protections and Extends Affordable Housing Program

October 29, 2022

“After a tense night of debate, the Burien City Council voted to preserve an affordable housing program for another two years at its October 24 meeting, reversing a decision from the beginning of the month that would have allowed the program to expire and endangered at least one housing development. The council also passed a suite of renter protections that are some of the strongest in the state.”

Read The Article

Burien City Council’s heated session on affordable housing & renters rights lasts over 5 hours

October 25, 2022

“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.”

Read The Article

Burien affordable housing program in limbo after City Council refuses to renew it

October 19, 2022

“One of the developers whose plans could be derailed is EcoTHRIVE, which began its application process to the AHDP in July. However, EcoTHRIVE Board President Denise Henrikson told Real Change that she’s talked with all of the city council members and that they support the development of affordable housing, including her organization’s project.”

Read The Article

EcoTHRIVE’s Burien Affordable Housing Village Secures Key Loan

October 14, 2022

“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.”

Read The Article

Affordable housing is about to have a new address in Burien

October 14, 2022

“ecoTHRIVE is an affordable housing development that is set to open in 2025 on a 1.8 acre site in Boulevard Park. Denise Henrikson of ecoTHRIVE said they hope to make it a place where people want to live connected to the land and people around them.”

Read The Article

Modeling a new housing method, with thoughtful design

August 31, 2022

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

Read The Article

Annual Seattle Design Festival Kicks Off August 20

August 15, 2022

“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.”

Read The Article

ecoThrive’s Village is on the Way!

August 6, 2022

“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.”

Read The Article

Ignite! Meet Our Speakers

March 23, 2022

“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!”

Read The Article

EcoTHRIVE to Pilot New Model of Affordable Housing in Burien

September 8, 2021

“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.”

Read The Article

Reconnect with Community at the 2021 Seattle Design Festival

August 18, 2021

“‘People were dealing with isolation and the ever present connection of a shared traumatic experience during the last eighteen months… The focus of the festival is not to look back at that past, but instead to look forward to what we can emerge to — to heal and to gain new perspectives.'”

Read The Article

Artist and advocate Susan Russell wears her heart on her sleeve

September 12, 2018

“She’s also working on a new housing project called EcoThrive, which is guided by a vision of providing “deeply affordable” housing that focuses on community.”

Read The Article

Prayer flags string together love and beauty, creating the world we want to live in

May 4, 2016

“Our world seems to be unraveling. Many systems are falling apart right now: insufficient affordable housing, millions of people without health care, fewer family-wage jobs, rising student debt, extreme weather events and climate change. The worse things get, the easier it is to see disconnecting as the only sane approach.”

Read The Article


Explore the list of past newsletters below to learn about ecoTHRIVE's evolution and path ahead.

EcoTHRIVE Updates: We Have Land! (and new Board members!)

EcoTHRIVE has achieved some major milestones over the last few months:

On Wednesday, March 8, the Burien Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that ecoTHRIVE’s Co-operative Village proposal be accepted into Burien’s Affordable Housing Demonstration Program (AHDP)…

Continue Reading

You’re Invited! Celebrate Our Property Purchase With ecoTHRIVE 🎉

Help us celebrate the beautiful, affordable village of cottages and duplexes we are building in Burien. Come make art together and see the site plans! …

Continue Reading

We’re Grateful for a year of Growth

We’ve been a busy group and our work is gaining recognition and publicity. It’s clear that we’re tapping into deep desires and needs that we all hold, food, shelter, love, and most importantly, community…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Save The Date!

ecoTHRIVE Housing is building a beautiful and affordable village of ecoCottages in Burien, Washington. We’d love to tell you all about it and we have some events coming up to do just that…

Continue Reading

ecoTHRIVE has some exciting events in the coming weeks!

ecoTHRIVE Housing is committed to building resilient villages that can meet the challenges of our changing world- in the built environment (via energy efficiency, permaculture) as well as the social environment…

Continue Reading

Cultivating Roots to Support Growth

We’re ready! We’re ready to start building truly affordable housing that connects people to each other and nature! We’re ready to find LAND to build a village…

Continue Reading

Building Community Block-by-BLOCK

A few weeks ago, six members of the ecoTHRIVE team had the opportunity to meet Bernard “Berns” Troyer, the Construction Project Manager at the BLOCK Project shop. The shop is a construction site for beautiful small homes that are built with love, mostly by volunteers from the community who are guided through the process by BLOCK project staff…

Continue Reading

Learn About Our Finance Circle & More!

How do we ensure that we are creating community-centered housing that is economically and ecologically resilient, not just for one village, but for any that follow? What do we need to support the creation of many villages- to meet the needs for community, affordability and regeneration- and honor the land…

Continue Reading

Building Resilience, Inside & Out

Thank you for being part of the ecoTHRIVE community! And for collaborating with us to create resilient villages. ecoTHRIVE aims to demonstrate resilience in 2 broad realms: the Built Environment – demonstrating affordable, regenerative design principles- and Human Relationships – integrating social systems that encourage harmonious relationships through shared decision-making, transparency and healthy conflict resolution…

Continue Reading

Read About Us In The Urbanist!

The Urbanist just published their piece on ecoTHRIVE! We appreciate the depth of the article and we’re excited to have this opportunity to share our vision. Our pilot project, based on SquareOne’s model, will feature a range of housing types potentially including tiny homes, coliving, duplexes, and row houses to increase density and allow for a diverse range of residents.

Continue Reading

We have some exciting events coming up!

The Seattle Design Fest is coming up soon- the weekend of August 21-22! We need folks to volunteer in our interactive booth- as a greeter, art facilitator and/or help us with load in (Aug 20) and load out (Aug 22)…

Continue Reading

handdrawn leaf

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.
—Grace Lee Boggs

handdrawn leaf