Isn’t it cruel to force someone to live in a tiny house? Why don’t we just build more affordable housing?
In a perfect world, that would be the best solution. However, the “homeless problem” is not just one problem with one solution. The reality is that many deserving homeless persons are now on a wait list for permanent housing for several years. In the meantime, they have limited options including living in tents that are not warm, dry or secure. Building the tiny homes is a relatively inexpensive way to get the homeless off the ground, out of the tents and into a secure space until permanent affordable housing can be obtained.
Why doesn’t the city, state or federal governments pay for the tiny homes?
Again, it is not a simple solution, and many agencies within each government are trying to find solutions to the homeless crisis. We are just one way to help solve the problem. Tiny homes are relatively inexpensive, and they provide temporary housing until other solutions made by governments and other agencies can be achieved.
Is Sound Foundations NW affiliated with Fauntleroy UCC? Will my donation go to the church or to Sound Foundations NW?
Sound Foundations NW is an outreach project of Fauntleroy UCC. Your gift is handled separately from the main operating budget of the church and is tax deductible with the church’s 501(c)3 status. Sound Foundations NW has an all-volunteer leadership team. That means 100% of your donation goes directly to purchase building materials for the tiny homes.
How much money do you want to raise?
The Seattle City Council has passed an ordinance to create up to 40 more tiny home villages. With 35-50 residents per village, that means between 1400 – 2000 more tiny homes are needed. We know it takes a village to build a village. We are looking for corporate sponsors as well as groups and individuals who are willing give with a happy heart at whatever level is comfortable.
Is the Low Income Housing Institute involved with Sound Foundations NW?
Yes. Sound Foundations NW partners with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) to build the tiny homes. LIHI and other agencies also offer social services, emotional support, skills needed to obtaining employment and many other services. LIHI also manages tiny home villages in other areas of Seattle as well as Tacoma and Olympia.
Is there any hope?
Absolutely! All you need to do is hear their stories, and you will understand how we (and you!) can make a difference.