We can’t build our way out of this problem if the foundation isn’t ready
— Rex Hohlbein / BLOCK Architects

At the heart of the BLOCK Project is community. When we nurture our compassion and empathy, we can power a movement to end homelessness. Help us put a BLOCK Home in one backyard on every residential block in Seattle. 


What is the BLOCK Project?

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.



The BLOCK Project is a housing initiative and a community building project. Through its integrated design, this project will not only offer opportunities for healing and advancement to those formerly living on the fringes of society, but it will also bring connection, relationship, and compassion to the center of our lives and communities. Many social injustices, including homelessness, are perpetuated through emotional and physical separation, which allows us to get stuck on the complexity of the issue. By literally saying, “Yes, in my backyard”, we will begin to see the person afflicted by the issue. We believe this will nurture the empathy needed to catalyze a global movement.


Partnerships & Testimonials

The BLOCK Project is powered by the compassion of many. We encourage you to watch a few videos, read testimonials, and see who's already involved by clicking below.  


How can I get involved?

I would like to donate time or resources
If you are interested in helping us by making a donation or providing time and expertise we would love to talk. Our partners are what makes this change real and we can't do it without the support of our community.


The BLOCK Project in my neighborhood
If you are interested in starting the conversation with your block about how they could be a part of this change, we'd love to hear from you.


Frequently Asked Questions
We understand you probably have lots of questions! If you don't find what you are looking for, please feel free to reach out!