THE BLOCK PROJECT
Safe and diginfied housing for people experiencing homelessness
Project Start Date
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
AWBS works in collaboration with Facing Homelessness to bring safe and dignified housing to people experiencing homelessness in the City of Seattle. BLOCK hosts families provide homes as a compassionate and collaborative solution for a person experiencing homelessness. The BLOCK Project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 sq ft home is beautifully designed to be off-grid, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich (featuring a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, solar-panels, greywater system, composting toilet, etc.). The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the issues of homelessness, cross-class integration, social inclusion, and architectural design.
AWBS volunteers began contributing to The BLOCK Project in October 2018 by assessing the eligibility of potential BLOCK Home sites, conducting site visits to measure eligible single-family lots, and drawing site plans to be submitted for building permit review. Since then, five new BLOCK Homes have been submitted and approved for permitting and dozens of potential host sites have been documented and are in process. AWBS continues to collaborate with Facing Homelessness as they develop and revise the BLOCK Project.