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.
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Take care of yourself and please try to stay healthy.
OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
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.
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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.