We tell stories and share photos of people who are experiencing homelessness with the simple purpose of showing the beauty in each person. For those living inside, this serves as a soft entry to the issue of homelessness. It is a small step toward overcoming the barriers of negative stereotypes and fear. For those living outside, it is a first step toward overcoming feelings of being invisible. It creates a connection to community and resources. Please join the 50,000 people who follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and help create the community you want to live in.
The Window of Kindness
The Window of Kindness is a physical place of connection between our office and an alley frequented by people experiencing homelessness. At the window, we hand out thousands of socks, sleeping bags and other supplies essential to staying dry and warm. People often stop by for conversation and a listening ear. Everything we give is a vehicle for love and connection. The Window of Kindness is a metaphor for the opportunities we each have to exchange kindness with those in need.
We invite you to come to our office on a Friday for a time of open sharing and discussion. Our office is a safe place of non judgement and we welcome anyone who wants to learn more, has questions, is seeking guidance, or simply wants to come closer. Please call or email in advance to schedule a time that works for you!
The BLOCK Project
The BLOCK Project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by building small homes in residential backyards for those living unsheltered. The vision is to place one on every residentially zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 sq ft home is beautifully designed to be off-grid and self-sufficient; featuring a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, solar-panels, greywater system, and composting toilet. The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the issues of homelessness, cross-class integration, social inclusion, and architectural design. Much like Airbnb, the BLOCK Project transforms the way we think about space, ownership, and living within community in an increasingly dense world. To learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved, please visit our BLOCK Project site.
The BLOCK Project’s solution approach to the issue of homelessness is:
- Integrated | The BLOCK Project builds thriving neighborhoods and integrated communities. When we surround ourselves with people living diverse lives, we begin to tap into the deep social capital of our communities.
- Sustainable | Building off-grid homes on residential property represents a financially and environmentally sustainable solution. Rather than taking from “the system” and planet, the BLOCK Project gives back.
- Dignified | Our built environment shapes who we are and how we live. BLOCK Homes have a cutting-edge design and are fully self-sufficient, with kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, and storage.
- Supported | The BLOCK Project creates a network of support for each resident. Nonprofit agencies provide ongoing case management, and neighbors and community members provide an additional connection to resources.
The Cities Project
We imagine a world where every person in every city is touched by the message of love shared by Facing Homelessness. What began as a photojournalism project here in Seattle has become the impetus of a global movement toward ending homelessness. Local organizers throughout America and beyond have begun identifying a need for Facing Homelessness sites in their cities. There are now sites in more than 10 cities in 2 continents, each operated by a local, compassionate site administrator.
To learn more about bringing this project to your community, contact Sarah Steilen.