Imagine what it would be like during the pandemic not to have a home. Nowhere safe and secure to keep you from the virus. That’s why we have been deemed an essential organization and are building transitional tiny homes six days per week. The homes are for healthy homeless folks to stay healthy and away from the virus..
- You need to be 100% healthy. Enter at your own risk for Covid-19. (So far, no one at Camp Second Chance has tested positive.)
- We are usually there by 9 am. You can come and go as your schedule permits. Just let us know so we can plan ahead.
- Masks are required.
- You need to bring your own gloves.
- Leave any of your own tools at home. Because of the virus, we cannot co-mingle tools.
- Bring your own lunch.
- Shorts are acceptable and when it is warm, encouraged. Please no open-toed shoes
- Wear clothes you would not mind getting paint on. We do not paint every day, but it is best just to be prepared.
TILTING UP A TINY HOME
This is how a small group of dedicated volunteers can tilt up a tiny transitional home in a matter of hours. (time lapse video)
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 10 tiny home villages with about 400 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 10 villages. The transition rate at Camp Second Chance is 44%!! Over 100 households were served by Camp Second Chance in 2018 alone.
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.
THE RED DOOR
See the red door to my tiny home
It stands there so tall and proud,
I can leave here on a floating cloud.
It has its own lock and key, don’t you see?
I can leave my treasures behind ever so safely.
Having to fear dying of cold
Because my blankets were stolen,
My tent could not hold back the thieves.
With my husband dead, I was no longer safe.
With threats of rape on the flap of my tent,
There was no sleep.
Now when I come home at night,
I can rest easy.
No more restless nights due to fright.
I am safe and sound behind my red door.
When I turn around and hit the lock,
Sit on the floor without even a sound,
And thank God for my proud red door.
What can I do? How can I help?
Want to volunteer? Click here to sign up.
*All data from the City of Seattle Human Services.