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Project Type

Safe and diginfied housing for people experiencing homelessness

Project Location

Seattle, WA

Project Partner

Facing Homelessness

Project Leads

Sharon Rubin

Valerie Sporleder

Juan Vergara

Project Advisor

Geoff Piper


Project Volunteers

Allison Acosta
Daniel Aguilera
Marjorie Anderson
Daniel Ash
Genay Bell
Amy Broska

Songyi Cho

Daniel Corcoran

EJ Deocampo
Viagnehy Hernandez
Josh Janet

David Judge
Dawid Pol

Casey Riske
Drew Scharnitzke
May So
Allison Turner

Tamara Upton

Clay Wetherington
Sandy Wolf


Project Start Date



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.

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