PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING UPDATE:

It is with great sadness that we share the following information.  Because of the Covid-19 crisis, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) which manages the tiny home villages announced that all visitors are now prohibited from entering all tiny home villages.  That effectively forces us to suspend the building of tiny homes for the foreseeable future.

We know many of you have invested a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears in the Big Tent.  All of us are heart sick including the Ericks’ and many of the residents at Camp Second Chance.  As a team, we have built over 35 homes and have gotten close to 100 folks off the streets and in a place that is warm, safe and dry.  Please know how valued you are not only as a part of the Sound Foundations NW build team, but as individuals as well.

Please stay signed up for the newsletter.  That is where we will put all updates for future build dates as well as other pertinent information.

Take care of yourself and please try to stay healthy.

 

 

OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

With the coronavirus ramping up, the city is quickly expanding the number of tiny homes.  They want to expand one village and create a whole new village immediately.  The idea is not to quarantine those who are sick in the tiny homes, but to proactively get as many unsheltered folks off the streets to keep them healthy. LIHI (the Low Income Housing Institute who manages the tiny home villages) assures us that all the tiny homes we build will be used for people who are NOT infected.
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We are now building homes in the Big Tent to go to other tiny home villages.  We have the money for materials.  We just need people to build them.  To that end, we have decided to expand the tiny home building process.  Starting immediately, we will be adding Sundays to our build days along with our regular Saturday Build Day. Someone will also most likely be working in the Big Tent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Email SoundFoundationsHomes@gmail if you are interested in volunteering during the week. No one is required to work multiple days, but please know that any and all days that you help build are so greatly appreciated.
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At least for the foreseeable future, we will continue to limit the number of volunteers each day to six plus three team leaders.  That keeps us just under the recommended number of people for gatherings per the City’s guidelines.
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If you wish to volunteer, please sign up for individual build days through the newsletter.  
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FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO VOLUNTEER, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
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1. If you are anything other than 100% healthy, do not volunteer. Even if it’s a sniffle. Seriously. (Allergy stuff is OK.)
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2. We will no longer be sharing gloves. Please bring your own work gloves and take them home with you when you are done on Saturday.
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3. We have a very small supply of masks and latex gloves. These will only be used for those who need them to work (i.e., masks for insulation work). It is difficult to replace these items these days, so please be respectful of this.
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4. VIRTUAL hugs, hand shakes and high fives highly encouraged.
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It’s really important that we don’t bring in viruses of any kind into Camp Second Chance. Because they are living in a condensed space, we want to be extremely careful. And, if there are flu-like cases within the village, we will let you know ahead of the build day so that you can make your choice whether or not to be there.

You do not need any construction experience to build.  We will teach you everything you need to know.   All you need is a willing heart.

To volunteer, please sign up for the newsletter that will give you volunteer dates and other good information.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW WE BUILD TINY HOMES.

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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.

  • 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.