“I believe in The BLOCK Project because kindness is contagious. It all starts with one crazy idea to change the way we live our lives.” 
— Garrett Smith with FSi Engineering

What is The BLOCK Project?

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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.

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"The BLOCK Project gives me hope that ending homelessness in our compassionate and engaged city is both possible and inclusive."

- Sally Bagshaw / Seattle City Councilmember


TEDMED Talk / What if the solution to homelessness is right in your own backyard?



"I appreciate learning about innovative community-based efforts like The BLOCK Project that seek to both provide shelter for families and destigmatize homelessness."

- Patty Murray / US Senator