According to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 11,643 people homeless in King County last year – the third highest in the nation, as reported by The Seattle Times.
DCI Engineers is currently helping raise money for The BLOCK Project, a community partnership hoping to change those numbers by providing a small house for the homeless in one backyard of every Seattle city block. These wood homes—roughly the size of a large garden shed—feature a metal roof and metal siding, a rooftop solar panel system, composting toilet and roof water catchment cistern.
The campaign, founded by BLOCK Architects, is championed by a group of businesses, organizations and individuals who provide services, materials, property space and funding to make it happen.
This team effort greatly relies on BLOCK hosts—those who host a BLOCK house in their backyards—and their neighborhoods to make the project a reality. While the quantitative goal is to provide housing for individuals, the ultimate goal is to rally entire communities around the issue of homelessness.
As stated in the Project Model, “The BLOCK Project unleashes the power of community by revealing that we each have a role in ending homelessness. It empowers all of us to create change, to rethink our use of space, to be good neighbors to all of our neighbors. It invites us to shift the paradigm.”
“YES, IN MY BACKYARD” – JOIN THE CAUSE
DCI has joined the team of FSi consulting engineers, which provide mechanical engineering services for these backyard houses, to raise funds that will build a BLOCK home. You can join the cause, too, by donating at the fundraising page, and be part of a community-wide effort to reduce homelessness one BLOCK home at a time.
About the Author
Erin Spaulding, Communications Specialist / Erin comes from a journalism background with an emphasis in feature writing. She enjoys capturing the unique details of a story and is a firm believer that every person (and every project, for that matter) has a story to tell. Erin loves running, fly fishing and learning about unique spaces. Back in Michigan, she owns a little studio condo readapted from an asylum into a mixed-use residential building.