HOST A BLOCK HOME IN MY BACKYARD
"We have watched with sadness and shame as more and more people around us have been forced to live without shelter. When we first heard about the BLOCK Project, we immediately knew we wanted to be involved. We are excited about the opportunity the BLOCK Project is giving us to connect with a person who has lived without shelter, and to support them in a safe, dry, warm, welcoming home!”
- Kim Sherman & Dan Tenenbaum, One of the First Host Families
What does being a BLOCK Host entail?
We’re so happy you asked! A BLOCK Host is the individual or family who owns the property where the Block home is built. BLOCK Hosts serve as the liaison between the BLOCK Project team, the BLOCK Resident, and their block neighbors. Our work is to support you through facilitating a beautiful pairing of life journeys between hosts and residents.
How do I know if I’m eligible to become a BLOCK Host?
The BLOCK Project is an intentionally low-barrier project, that allows participants (hosts and residents) to define their own criteria and preferences in order to create compatibility and comfort for both parties. BLOCK Hosts must meet all of the criteria listed below.
BLOCK Host Eligibility Criteria
I own a single-family home
My lot is greater than 4,000 square feet
I’m not aware of any drainage issues in my backyard
No one in my household has a history of violence or abuse
I’m comfortable providing three (3) character references from diverse areas of my life
When equipped with the right information, I’ll be comfortable reaching out to my neighbors about the Block Project
Do you meet all of the above criteria?
- No, but I’m interested in advocating for a BLOCK Home in my neighborhood. Please see information below on how you can help!
ADVOCATE FOR THE BLOCK PROJECT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
If you're excited about bringing the BLOCK Project to your neighborhood and aren’t able to be a host, you can be a BLOCK advocate! BLOCK advocates champion the BLOCK Project in their neighborhood, in search of someone who meets the host eligibility criteria. Contact us to learn more!
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
We believe that the power of the BLOCK Project is rooted in the strength and compassion of community. We all have something uniquely valuable to offer to a BLOCK Resident. Maybe you make the best lasagna every Thursday, and would love to share it with someone who appreciates it as much as you do. Maybe you’re a good listener and friend, and are energized by having meaningful conversations. Maybe laundry is your favorite chore, and you wouldn’t mind doing a load for a neighbor once a week.
Before building a BLOCK Home, we ask all neighbors to attend a block gathering, where the intent is to hear concerns and empower the block to be community of good neighbors. The prospective host on your block will share information with you regarding the date and time of that gathering!
If you have questions prior to the block gathering, please feel free to contact us.