The BLOCK Project Model

 

Not in my backyard.

It’s a concept that keeps many social injustices at arm’s length. Within the issue of homelessness, it allows us to acknowledge that something needs to be done, without taking shared ownership of the issue. 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.

The BLOCK Project approach is: 

  • INTEGRATED | By building homes for those experiencing homelessness in residential backyards, the BLOCK Project fosters cross-class integration and social inclusion.

  • SUSTAINABLE | BLOCK Homes are designed to achieve the highest standard for sustainability in the built environment (Living Building Challenge).

  • SUPPORTED | The BLOCK Project creates an intentional network of support for each resident, including professional social services, thoughtfully matched hosts, and engaged neighbors.

  • AFFORDABLE | The BLOCK Project makes use of the free, available property and leverages the community’s desire to get involved to dramatically reduce the cost of housing.

  • DIGNIFIED | BLOCK Homes are permanent, sophisticated dwelling units designed to provide stability for residents as they define and achieve success.

BLOCK Home Design by BLOCK Architects

Outside the first BLOCK Home! Left to right: Sara (Facing Homelessness Executive Director), Dan + Kim (Host Family), Bobby (Resident)

Outside the first BLOCK Home! Left to right: Sara (Facing Homelessness Executive Director), Dan + Kim (Host Family), Bobby (Resident)