Imagine what it would be like during the pandemic not to have a home. Nowhere safe and secure to keep you from the virus. That’s why we have been deemed an essential organization and are building transitional tiny homes as fast as we can. The homes are for healthy homeless folks to stay healthy and away from the virus.
Warm. Safe. Dry. Healthy.
On August 31, 2023, we built and tilted up our 400th tiny home. At current rates, each home will shelter up to 3 otherwise homeless people per year over its expected twenty year life. Do the math and that’s 24,000 people inside where they’re warm, safe, dry, and secure!
Every person living on the streets deserves a place that is warm, dry, safe and healthy. That’s why we are now in full production, building tiny homes assembly line style. This is as a result of our collaboration with the Low Income Housing Institute which will help meet the demand for building several more tiny homes. Tiny home villages provide people with transitional tiny homes as well as providing the essential services that they need and community. The program now has a track record of proven success. Sound Foundations NW is improving our part of the solution to homelessness in two ways:
- by moving to a larger, more permanent space and
- by redesigning the building system to make more of the same quality homes faster.
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THE PROVEN SYSTEM*In the past four years, the tiny home village movement has established a proven system to end homelessness.
- Working with LIHI’s dedicated case managers, 52% of the tiny home village residents who exited moved into long term housing: 36% moved into permanent housing.
- Also last year, 16% of tiny home village residents moved into transitional housing (many with Section 8 subsidies). In contrast, only 4% of people who exited emergency shelters and 23% who exited enhanced shelters obtained permanent housing. .
WHY WE DO THIS: “THE RED DOOR”
See the red door to my tiny home It stands there so tall and proud, I can leave here on a floating cloud. It has its own lock and key, don’t you see? I can leave my treasures behind ever so safely. Having to fear dying of cold Because my blankets were stolen, My tent could not hold back the thieves. With my husband dead, I was no longer safe. With threats of rape on the flap of my tent, There was no sleep. Now when I come home at night, I can rest easy. No more restless nights due to fright. I am safe and sound behind my red door. When I turn around and hit the lock, Sit on the floor without even a sound, And thank God for my proud red door. *All data from the Low Income Housing Institute.