The BLOCK Project is powered by the compassion of many. Thank you to the dozens of teams and individuals who believe in this work!
Block Architects | Project founder; client consultation; home design, installation, and permitting; custom design features; construction oversight
Facing Homelessness | Project manager; community building and education; storytelling on diverse public platforms; fundraising
Wrap-Around-Care Agencies | resident referrals and screening; ongoing case management for residents; resident advocate
Hosts | property owner; liaison between resident and block
Blocks | neighbors of BLOCK home and host; welcome and love BLOCK resident
Residents | BLOCK home tenant; accepts wrap-around-care from case manager; meets lease agreement with property owner
Turner Construction Company | general builder and construction management
FSi consulting engineers | mechanical engineering
Herrera Environmental Consultants | engineering and scientific consulting
Swenson Say Fagét | structural engineering
Allworth Design | landscape architecture
Dick McDonald | contractor coordination
POSSIBLE | digital marketing
The Cloud Room | creative community and strategy
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections | building permits and code
Seattle and King County Public Health Department | health and environmental permits and code
Seattle City Councilmembers | advocacy
"Over the years I have had the honor to work with the team at Facing Homelessness and continue to be inspired by their amazing work. It is apparent that the unconditional compassion and love they show to everyone makes our community stronger. Their latest effort - The BLOCK Project - in partnership with BLOCK Architects, promises to be another innovative approach to addressing the true needs of people throughout our community. By bringing together an entire block to unite around a vision of lifting someone out of homelessness, not only will that individual benefit, but the entire neighborhood will be stronger. I look forward to the city partnering to make the BLOCK project pilot a success and helping bring it to scale citywide."
- Mike O'Brien / Seattle City Councilmember
"In an ever-changing Seattle, it is critical that everyone who calls this city home is embraced for their strengths and can live and thrive in a healthy and safe neighborhood. The BLOCK Project creates this opportunity for the most vulnerable among us, for those living unsheltered. This grassroots approach is a call-to-action for all of us; it gives each of us a role in addressing Seattle's homelessness crisis. 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
"Solving homelessness will require (literally) outside the box thinking and innovative housing solutions. The BLOCK Project is a great example of that. AND it provides immediate relief to real people in real need. But perhaps most importantly, the BLOCK Project points a way forward toward the only true solution: a COMMUNITY of caring that fills the longing for connection on both sides of its walls."
- Sinan Demirel / Former Executive Director of ROOTS and Elizabeth Gregory Home
"I speak all the time to groups about homelessness, of course. And when I do, people always ask what they can do to help us make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. My answer is that people need homes, and they need jobs, and they need community, just like you and I. It's easier to write a check or make sandwiches, but the BLOCK Project, and compassionate Seattle residents, are getting people into real homes, on blocks in neighborhoods across Seattle. People who are homeless need homes."
- Mark Putnam / Executive Director of All Home
"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
"Here is a plan which preserves dignity, builds community, and engages compassion holistically."
- Reverand Rick Reynolds / Executive Director, Operation Nightwatch
Rex Hohlbein Ted Talk
C'zar Carter / BLOCK Resident
Sharon Stuckey / Community Member & Activist
Dan Tenenbaum & Kim Sherman / BLOCK Hosts