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 as fast as we can. The homes are for healthy homeless folks to stay healthy and away from the virus.
Pardon Our Dust
We are less than a month away from retooling our new space in order to build tiny homes assembly-line style. This change is a result of our new partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute which will help meet the demand for building several more tiny homes. Tiny home villages keep formerly homeless residents warm, safe and dry as well as providing them with the essential services that they need. The program now has a track record of proven success.
Sound Foundations NW wants to improve our part of the solution in two ways:
- by moving to a larger, more permanent space and
- by redesigning the building system to make more of the same quality homes faster.
If you wish to volunteer to help set up the new space, please sign up for our newsletter for all the details. We hope to be building again with the new build system in December.
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Your tax-deductible donations are always welcome. Click here for more details.
THE PROVEN SYSTEM*
In the past three years, the tiny home village movement has established a proven system to end homelessness.
- No one living in a tiny home has tested positive for Covid-19. Unfortunately, 440 people living in emergency shelters (50 locations), homeless housing (37 locations), and camping outdoors have tested positive in King County.
- Last year, working with LIHI’s dedicated case managers, 52% of the tiny home village residents who exited moved into long term housing: 36% moved into permanent housing.
- Also last year, 16% of tiny home village residents moved into transitional housing (many with Section 8 subsidies). In contrast, only 4% of people who exited emergency shelters and 23% who exited enhanced shelters obtained permanent housing. .
IS THERE A NEED FOR TINY HOMES?
YES! Seattle City Council has approved funding for establishing the infrastructure for three additional tiny home villages (for a total of 105-150 homes) within the next six months. Seattle City Council has also passed an ordinance (without funding) to develop up to 40 more tiny home villages. That is between 1400-2000 new tiny homes!
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 WE DO THIS: “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.
*All data from the Low Income Housing Institute.