Seattle Residents Open Their Backyards to Host Tiny Homes For the Homeless Neighbors

The homelessness epidemic across the Pacific Northwest is now going to be addressed in a unique humane way by a recent joint venture of two Seattle-born non-profit organizations. Through ‘The BLOCK Project’, tiny sustainable homes are being built in the backyards of the charitable volunteers, to be delivered to the homeless people of the neighborhood.

The BLOCK Project

Architect and founder of the BLOCK, Rex Hohlbein joined Facing Homelessness, another non-profit organization to initiate the collaborative project. The latter organization has the responsibility of finding lands in the household backyards, on which Hohlbein’s BLOCK will build small, low-emission housing. The name of the company and the project comes from Hohlbein’s pioneering 125 sq. ft. modular design of the tiny sustainable houses. Hailing their initiative, thousands of Seattle residents have already offered their house backyards for the project. The government also stepped in to make the entire process as legally convenient as possible.

The Reason

Seattle has been facing a dual problem of having expensive real estate on one hand, and the country’s 3rd largest homeless community on the other. In such context, Hohlbein realized that willingness of kindly neighbors could provide a much better and quicker solution than a long waiting for state allowances or big-budgeted government programs. The visionary idea of the architect is now getting proved by continuous manufacturing of thousands of tiny backyard homes across Seattle.

愿景

该项目的长期目标是复制AirBnB带来的全球变化的住宿定义。Hohlbein说,在他的童年时代,想到在任何普通家庭中招待陌生人,仅仅是为了换取很少的钱,特别是考虑到夜间逗留的风险因素,这是很可笑的。但是Airbnb已经尽可能地让这个概念变得休闲。通过这个街区项目,霍尔贝因的目标是从当地社区的基层开始,用未来可持续住房复制同样的“文化转变”。