The Huffington Post | By Robbie Couch
Posted: 04/08/2015 4:03 pm EDT Updated: 04/08/2015 7:59 pm EDT
Some Seattleites are challenging what’s possible when it comes to the local fight against homelessness.
Nonprofit Sawhorse Revolution is the brainpower behind the Impossible City — an “eco-village” being built for a homeless community in Seattle. The nonprofit — which teaches local high school students carpentry so they can better engage and serve their communities — is teaming young participants up with engineering, architecture and construction professionals for the project.
The effort will help Nickelsville, a local homeless community, by building personal and secure shelters for residents to sleep, a solar power hub that will allow for lighting and warm water at night, composting toilets and a community cook space for meal preparation.
Scroll to see renderings of a personal shelter, solar power hub, composting toilet and community cook space. Images courtesy of Sawhorse Revolution. (Story continues below.)
Seattle — which now trails only New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas in numbers of homeless individuals, according to NPR — is grappling to curb a growing crisis. A point-in-time count in January found 3,772 people were living without shelter in King County (which encompasses Seattle) — up 21 percent from the year before.