Sound Foundations NW was able to raise more money than we needed to build the remaining tiny homes at Camp Second Chance. With the extra money we raised, we are building five more homes in the next few months. These homes will replace some homes that were built before us that have significant mold issues.
We could use your help.
As you know, the tiny homes now are built on a jig system. We will be building the components to the homes in the Big Tent (out of the weather) on selected weekends in the next few months. Once we build all the components, we will schedule a time to raise the five homes all at once.
You do not need any construction experience to build. We will teach you everything you need to know. If construction isn’t your thing, no problem. We can always use volunteers to help prepare and serve lunch, pick up stuff and talk to folks. All you need is a willing heart.
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Why Transitional (Tiny) Homes Work*
Seattle has the third largest homeless population (11,000 +) in the United States, behind only New York and Los Angeles.
This year alone, 3042 individuals from Seattle have transitioned from homelessness to permanent housing.
Overall in Seattle, there are 8 tiny home villages with about 300 tiny homes. There is a 37% transition rate from tiny homes to permanent housing, up from just 18% last year.
Camp Second Chance has become the most successful tiny home village of the 8 villages. The transition rate at Camp Second Chance is 44%!! Over 100 households were served by Camp Second Chance in 2018 alone.
Studies now show that the homeless population that goes into permanent housing from tiny homes are more likely to stay in permanent housing than those who go to permanent housing directly from the streets or in communal housing (such as Union Gospel Mission, etc.)
And this is huge: HUD (Housing and Urban Development) has now determined that people who live in tiny home villages are considered “sheltered” vs. “unsheltered”. This new designation directly affects how much money the City of Seattle gets from HUD to help combat the homeless problem.
What can I do? How can I help?
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*All data from the City of Seattle Human Services.