Kind neighbors are hosting their homeless community members in tiny homes in their own backyards
In the Pacific Northwest, two non-profit partners have begun making tiny homes to house the homeless. Thousands of people in Seattle, Washington have offered to host these tiny homes and their homeless neighbors in their backyards. The Seattle-based non-profit, the BLOCK Project, hopes to shift the paradigm that AirBnB has created by instead of charging to stay in ADUs in Seattle, they house the homeless in the same spaces.
Seattle has the third-highest rate of homelessness in the nation and subsequently some of the most expensive real estate rates, this paradigm is what inspired the BLOCK Project to begin housing the homeless in the same spaces that are rented out for over $200 a night on Airbnb.
To their surprise, thousands of Seattle residents offered up their backyards in order to give back to the community and help solve the homeless issue in and around Seattle. In order to make sure that there is no property tax increase for their volunteers, the BLOCK Project signs five-year leases on the tiny homes that are put on the properties of their volunteers.
Their first match was such a hit that the owner of the first tiny home that found its way into a backyard, a 74-year-old man, became part of the family of volunteers who offered to house him. He will likely remain there until the end of his days.
It just goes to show that through the kindness of strangers you can truly save lives.