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 of between 6 and 10 years. In the meantime, they have limited options including living in tents that are not warm, safe 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 still affiliated with Alki UCC? Will my donation go to the church or to Camp Second Chance?
Sound Foundations NW is an outreach project of Alki UCC and is handled separately from the main operating budget of the church. Your donation 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?
To have every resident of Camp Second Chance in a safe, warm and dry tiny house, we need to build 18 more tiny homes at $3000 each. 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.
What will happen if you raise more money than is needed?
That would be a great problem to have! We will use the funds to help build other tiny homes throughout greater Seattle.
Are the Low Income Housing Institute and other agencies still involved with Camp Second Chance?
Yes they are. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and other agencies offer social services, emotional support, skills needed to obtaining employment and many other services. LIHI also manages tiny home villages in other areas of the city of Seattle.
Is there any hope?
Absolutely! All you need to do is visit Camp Second Chance and talk to the folks who now are in the tiny homes. All of the residents who live in tiny homes helped us build each other’s homes.When you hear their stories, you will understand how we (and you!) can make a difference.