Hosting Opportunities Available!

Seattle homeowners can help end homelessness, right in their own backyards. 

Every day, 41 people move to Seattle and only 14 units of housing are built. Homelessness is a growing issue, and existing models for providing housing and human services are not equipped to meet the growing demand. This impacts all of us; none of us can truly thrive when so many of our neighbors are suffering. 

The BLOCK Project leverages community to be a part of the solution by building small, dignified homes in willing homeowners’ backyards. This bold new model invites all of us to step forward with our own abilities to create change in our community.


We have an exciting opportunity for homeowners to sign on as Hosts. Join a thriving network of compassionate Seattleites who are already hosting a BLOCK Home in their backyard!

About the Homes

BLOCK Homes are 125 square foot Detached Accessory Dwelling Units, designed to achieve the highest standard for sustainability in the built environment. BLOCK Homes are fully functioning units, including a kitchenette and bathroom with running water, heat, sleeping and sitting area, storage, and covered front porch.

Hear from Current Hosts

  • SEE HERE for an article written by BLOCK Host Kim Sherman

  • “The BLOCK Project connected us with Robert, a 76-year-old man who had been living in emergency shelters and on the streets for a decade. We hit it off with Robert the moment we met him. As introverts, we appreciate his gregariousness, and love his sense of humor. We found we had shared interests in music and gardening.” -- Kim and Dan, first BLOCK Hosts

  • “Every bit that we can do about Homelessness, we are excited about! We are wanted to participate because it is the right thing to do.” -- Lex and Marjon, third BLOCK Hosts

  • “I am concerned with the increasing rate of Seattle's homeless population, and I want to become a part of the solution. I heard about The BLOCK Project on NPR and immediately followed up. I think this is an excellent way to chip away at homelessness. I have a large property lot -- so why not put it to good use?” -- Najja, third BLOCK Host

Summer '19 Update!

The summer is off to a busy start and our 2019 Build Program is in full-swing. Permits have been submitted, homes have been panelized and funded, site construction has begun, Hosts have been onboarded, and we are beyond excited to meet our new residents! See below for just a few highlights from the past couple of months.

Jenny and Baby Ezri Make The BLOCK Project Home

Earlier this year, Jenny was pregnant and experiencing homelessness. Through the care of Mary's Place, she found The BLOCK Project, and moved into her home in April. Jenny gave birth to a healthy baby girl on June 15, and we are all celebrating the arrival of the newest (and youngest!) BLOCK Resident! Congratulations, Jenny, and welcome home, darling Ezri. 


BLOCK Resident C'zar Settles In

C'zar, who moved into his BLOCK Home in November, is now growing vegetables in the yard he shares with Dave, Visala, and Lucky Dog Clothing! His kitten Jolcyn is a happy companion, and C'zar continues to pursue his passion for voice acting. 

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FLYING BLOCK Home Planted in South Seattle! 

Unlike many of our BLOCK Homes, BLOCK 4 was fully constructed off-site, and craned into Najja's backyard in South Seattle in April. Thank you to Dowbuilt for building the home, to Najja for opening her backyard and heart to a neighbor living on the streets, to everyone who stopped by to admire the BLOCK Home flying through their neighborhood this spring, and to all who made this possible!


Construction Under Way for BLOCK Home 5

Kathryn and Jeff live in the Greenwood neighborhood and are Hosts for BLOCK Home 5! Lockhart Suver and community volunteers began construction earlier this month. A special thanks to Lockhart Suver, Plumbers Without Borders, Weisman Design Group, and many others for their dedicated work on this home!


 Permits Submitted, Hosts Ready: BLOCK Homes 6-9

  • BLOCK Architects has submitted permits for BLOCK Homes 6-9, and construction will begin in the coming weeks and months! Thank you to Architects Without Borders, Evolved Structures, Schuchart, Molior LLC, and Nexus (Nexus is building the first LBC BLOCK Home!) for their commitment to making these homes a reality!

  • We recently completed our first annual BLOCK Host Training, where all Hosts gathered to form a powerful community and learn more about what this journey entails.

  • We need your help building these homes! Sign up here to receive emails about upcoming opportunities to get involved.

Site Drawings Complete for BLOCK Workshop!

BLOCK Architects recently completed site drawings for a 5,000 sq ft workshop, including a 2,500 sq ft fabric structure, containers, and outdoor space for summertime construction. Thank you to Dowbuilt for the space, and to ALL who attended our 2019 AEC Fundraiser: YOU are making this possible. 


Help Build This Summer! 

Interested in helping build BLOCK Homes or contributing other skills this summer? Sign up here to receive emails about opportunities to get involved! 

Get Involved!

Special Thanks 

Thank you to our 2019 Team Leaders for their commitment and enthusiasm: Dowbuilt, Flad Architects, FSi, Katerra, Roberts Group, SHKS, Skanska, and SSF!

Thank you to our 2018 Team Leaders for believing in The BLOCK Project from the start: Arup, FSi, Graham Baba Architects, Katerra, MG2, SHKS, SSF, and Turner!

Thank you to our Construction Advisory Committee (CAT) for their continued investment in scaling The BLOCK Project: Schultz Miller, Karlstrom Associates, Dovetail, Lockhart Suver, Turner, Method Construction, Toth Construction, Dowbuilt, Krekow Jennings, Roberts Group, and Skanksa. 

Welcome Home, Jenny

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Please meet Jenny, who just moved into her BLOCK Home in Lex & Marjon's backyard!

Jenny was homeless, but now, with Mary's Place and Facing Homelessness working together, she has a beautiful home and a community in which to thrive.

We want to give a profound THANK YOU to so many that made this home possible:

  • Tony & Michelle Audino and their friends and family for raising the needed funds

  • Schultz Miller and their subcontractors and suppliers for building this home so very beautifully

  • Everyone at Mary's Place, with a special thanks to Jenny's case-manager Donalda Lyons (Akimel O'odham/Tohono O'odham)

  • Landscape Architects Dakota Keene, Caitlin Squier-Roper of Mithun and Jescelle Major of BERK Consulting — the garden is BEAUTIFUL

  • Karl Rosman and SSF for structural engineering

  • Colleen Mitchell & Chris Webb at Herrera Consulting

  • The entire team at FSi for all the mechanical engineering

  • Suzanne Skinner, Aliza Allen of Allen Law Group and all the folks at Davis Wright Tremaine for all the incredible legal work

  • The hundreds of community volunteers who made this possible, with a special THANKS to Lav Mathiesen for his beautiful heart and skilled hands

  • Lex & Marjon, the host family, for opening not just their property but their pure hearts to Jenny and this entire community.

Sending so much LOVE to you Jenny, you are honestly so very beautiful and we are so very happy for you!!!

BLOCK Partnership Event an Overwhelming Success

250 People Raised $220,706

Thank you to our partners in the construction and design community for joining us at the Second Annual BLOCK Project Partnership Event. We raised $220,706, blowing our goal of $120K right out of the water. Funds raised will increase the efficiency of BLOCK Home construction in two ways:

  1. Workshop: A workshop will allow us to buy and store materials in bulk, reducing costs and increasing efficiency

  2. BLOCK Build Acceleration Fund: Historically, we have relied on donated labor to build BLOCK Homes. The Acceleration Fund will allow us to pay professionals for critical tasks, reducing construction time from 3+ months to 6-8 weeks.


Team Results + Congratulations to Our WINNERS: SSF!

This event was completely powered by our eight Team Leaders, who each committed to forming teams and raising $15,000 to support The BLOCK Project. Every single team exceeded their goal and we are overwhelmed with gratitude. Congratulations and THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to our winning team, SSF! 

TOTAL RAISED: $220,706

Thank You to Our Sponsors, Auction and Raffle Donors, and Volunteers 

A giant thank you to our sponsors, raffle and auction donors, and super star volunteers. You made this event possible! A special thanks to UnCruise Adventures for that incredible 10-day cruise! 

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Keep In Touch! 

We absolutely love this community, and cannot wait to see you next year for the third annual! But we hope we'll connect before then. Please get involved, (or stay involved!), and keep in touch :) 

The BLOCK Project Fall 2018 Updates

Bobby Celebrated 1 Year in his BLOCK Home

Last month, our first BLOCK Resident, Bobby, celebrated his 1 year anniversary of living in his very own BLOCK Home. 


C'zar Moved into BLOCK Home #2

The evening before Thanksgiving, C'zar and his brand new kitten got the keys to their BLOCK Home, located in the Greenwood neighborhood. THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible!


BLOCK Home #3 for Mom and Baby in the New Year

BLOCK Home #3 is well under way in Crown Hill, and our amazing General Contractor, Schultz Miller, is working hard to complete the build. We anticipate a January move in for a mom and baby referred from Mary's Place. 


BLOCK Home #4 Built in 3 Weeks w/ Alternative Model

We received unexpected funding to expedite this BLOCK Home build. Rather than relying on donated skilled and unskilled labor, we were able to pay general contractor Schuchart Dow to manage the build (they did a beautiful job on a very tight timeline). This reduced the duration of construction from 3+ months to 3 weeks. BLOCK Home #4 was completely assembled off-site, and will be shipped as a wide load to a Seattle backyard in early 2019. 


Growing Impact in 2019

As The BLOCK Project matures, we are able to more accurately anticipate challenges, plan for growth, and evaluate success. Based on 2017 and 2018 outcomes and recent strategic planning, we have adjusted our growth projections for 2019. We now plan to place six BLOCK Homes next year, doubling this year's impact while still allowing us to invest in the cornerstones of The BLOCK Project: community building, education, and sustainability. An astounding 121 prospective hosts have volunteered to host a BLOCK Home in their backyard! 

Needs for the new year include: A warehouse for storage and panel prefabrication; general contractors, subs, and suppliers; and volunteers from all walks of life. In short, we need YOU!

13 BLOCK Homes Fully Funded!

BLOCK Home #2 | May 2018

BLOCK Home #2 | May 2018

A year ago, Facing Homelessness set out to build low-cost, dignified, and sustainable homes for those living on the streets in one of the most competitive housing markets in the US. Since then, dozens of contractors and subcontractors have flocked to the BLOCK Project to donate time and expertise. In the past 12 months, more than 1,500 community members have stepped forward to donate to a BLOCK Home. This community has now successfully raised nearly $450,000 to build the first 13 BLOCK Homes!

We are completely humbled by the powerful statement this makes: We live in a community that is ready to end homelessness and embrace the most vulnerable among us. It gives us so much hope.

BLOCK Home #1 | May 2018

BLOCK Home #1 | May 2018

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to one of the BLOCK Homes below. We would love for you to stay engaged! We will make quarterly updates about schedule and opportunities to get involved. We will also reach out prior to beginning construction on the BLOCK Home to which you donated, with a special invitation to help us clear the site, build the home, and get to know the host and resident. 

*The list above reflects the projected build order for BLOCK Homes. While schedule is difficult to predict in our pilot phase, we invite you to reach out anytime to learn more.