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 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.
Will my donation go to LIHI or to Sound Foundations NW?
Sound Foundations NW has formed an alliance with LIHI. Your donation is handled separately from the main operating budget of the Low Income Housing Institute and is tax deductible with their 501(c)3 status. 100% of your donation goes directly to purchase building materials for the tiny homes. Click here for more information. 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.
Are more tiny homes needed?
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!
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.