12.20.23 Newsletter – HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (AND THE “SOUNDIES”)

weekly newsletter of Sound Foundations NW, a non-profit builder of tiny homes for the homeless in seattle

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Everyone is in the holiday spirit including the Schumacker family who had their holiday festivities at The Hope Factory.  Here Mrs. Schumacker, the matriarch of the family, puts the finishing touches on a back wall with Atar, her Team Leader, and her children guiding her.


Here is the PR Release from LIHI:

When:  December 21, 3pm
Where:  3435 15TH AVE W., SEATTLE
FYI: Mayor Bruce Harrell & CM Andrew Lewis are confirmed to attend the event.

Salmon Bay Village is designed to support vulnerable and elderly RV residents and help them transition to permanent housing. With the assistance of on-site LIHI case managers, program participants will have help with housing applications, employment support, healthcare resources, and other necessary services. The goal is to help participants move out of deteriorating and unsafe RVs and into affordable housing options.

Salmon Bay Village consists of 9 heated and insulated tiny homes (8’x12′) and spaces for 26 RVs.  The village features case manager offices, a community kitchen, hygiene facilities, a laundry room, and a surrounding fence to ensure privacy and security for program participants.  LIHI staff will be available on-site 24/7 to manage operations, ensure safety, and provide necessary services.


Here it is, the First Annual Sound Foundations NW Awards, or “The Soundies”.  Vote for your favorite Crew Member or Team Leader in this brand new prestigious yet silly event.  Results will be published for your enjoyment in our next newsletter.  Here’s the link:



Back on October 17, a young man named Philip came into The Hope Factory to visit LIHI’s donation center.  Philip was getting ready to move from a tiny home in South Lake Union into permanent housing at LIHI’s new Dockside Apartments near Green Lake.  He came through the donation center to stock up on things he’d need for his new apartment.  At Barb’s invitation, Philip took a few minutes to share his story [edited for length and clarity]:

“. . . so last January when it was like -8°, I was up at 130th & Aurora and I had the blessing and benefit to have emergency shelter available.  [During] that time, they were able to find me permanent residence in a tiny home village …  in South Lake Union.  I came from a privileged family, like I’m not … um … [pause] … this is why I try to come across as so humble, ‘cause I should have been better.  That’s how I feel.

So I lived there [tiny home village at SLU] about six months, found a job, got security [deposit], and they placed me into a new area at Green Lake at the Dockside Apts.  So I appreciate everything that you guys do, everything that has happened that I’ve benefitted from.

Everything you guys do, DOES matter . . . I absolutely appreciate it.  I could not say more, I did not expect to say more, but I really, really, really do love and appreciate all of you.  Thanks.”

Philip didn’t want his photo used and that’s okay.  But as he says, know that everything we do at SFNW, every day we build one more tiny home at The Hope Factory, and the compassion you all show as volunteers and as donors that makes it possible, DOES matter.  Thanks Philip, for being willing to share so openly, and we wish you all the best luck and strength as you move forward!


Your contributions not only filled our wall and breezeway with 62 sponsored tiny homes, you helped fill the lives of our homeless neighbors with hope.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  We’re on a roll, and we have more homes to build in 2024.

If you know someone who’d like to help change the lives of up to 60 homeless individuals like Philip by sponsoring a home at the $4500 level, please tell them about SFNW and share this Tiny Home Sponsor page with them.  Or if your own situation allows, please consider this most generous donation option yourself.  Still have questions?  Please email Andrew at devel.sfnw@gmail.com.  Thank you for providing so many warm, safe, and dry spaces to get our neighbors off the ground and out of tents and encampments!

links to news stories about homelessness in Seattle and elsewhere


Our buddy Dave who lives here half the time and in Tucson half the time has been asked by the city of Tucson to develop a plan for tiny home villages, or what they refer to as micro shelters.  Here’s his plan (with plenty of references to The Hope Factory.)  Keep up the good work, Dave!


Also: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/hud-reports-record-high-homeless-count-in-2023-for-u-s-wa/

upcoming news and events that impact tiny homes for the homeless, a temporary solution to homelessness, in Seattle

December 24th – January 1st, The Hope Factory will be closed.  Happy Holidays!


  • Our “regulars“  are the heart and soul of our organization.
  • “New Crew” members: Khristian, Roger, Chris, Jake, Vince, Jeff and a friend, Brent, and Randall’s son.
  • Our wonderful groups: Isso Seva, The Schumacker Family, Young Men’s Service League, Horizon House, Bellevue Big Picture School interns.

Nope.  No link.  Stay home and enjoy your week off!  See you in 2024!

We hope to be building with you soon!

Your Leadership Team: Beatrice, Tom, Bruce, David, Timothy and Barb

It Takes a Village to FUND a Village!

YOU are a big part of why stacks and stacks of lumber fill The Hope Factory. There are several ways to give throughout the year. Questions? Please email devel.sfnw@gmail.com.  All gifts qualify as tax deductible but please consult your tax professional for your own situation.

To give by check, credit/ debit card, a Donor Advised Fund, or a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA, start on our Donate page, or:

donate to help build tiny homes for the homeless in Seattle
our tiny home sponsor wall thanks donors to Sound Foundations who have donated the cost of materials to build one tiny home for the homeless

Sponsor a Home:

Remember, if you sponsor a home (currently $4500), you get to name the home! Tiny home sponsors have their names (or “anonymous”) and the name of their home added to our Tiny Home Sponsor wall and join our growing list of supporters who’ve reached a little deeper to become part of the solution to ending homelessness. Email devel.sfnw@gmail.com for details.

A Few Reminders

  • We do tours every day but Friday. Come visit if you haven’t been yet.
  • We have a “Welcome to Sound Foundations NW” PowerPoint presentation that is also in .pdf form. If people ask you what we are all about, these are a simple thing to attach to an email to explain who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Email SoundFoundationsNW@gmail.com for this .pdf or PowerPoint.
  • We fund our homes through a combination of private and public donations. For more information, please go to our website – Helping Finance the Homes.

Protocols, Address, Directions

  1. Volunteer at your own risk for Covid or any other illness. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home.
  2. Masks are optional when volunteering at The Hope Factory. There is no shame in wearing a mask.
  3. The minimum age is 16 years. Please, no exceptions.
  4. When you are at The Hope Factory, please social distance whenever possible.
  5. Covid booster shots are not required but highly encouraged.
  6. We are usually there by 9 am or 2 pm on most Sundays. Make sure you double check the times in the Sign Up Genius. You can come and go as your schedule permits. Just let us know so we can plan ahead.
  7. Please bring your own gloves. 
  8. Please leave your own tools at home.
  9. Please bring your own lunch. 
  10. No matter what you do, please come prepared to paint. 
  11. Warehouses can be difficult to heat and cool. Please dress appropriately. 
  12. We currently have no indoor restrooms, Honey Bucket only.
  13. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions. If you must cancel at the last minute, please contact us as soon as you know. Others may want to volunteer in your place.
  14. No experience necessary. We train willing hearts.

OUR ADDRESS is 5 S. Nevada St., Seattle 98109 in SODO. 

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