Help build a Tiny House for one of the Tiny House Villages that are providing warm, secure shelter to homeless people in Puget Sound communities.
BARN is partnering with the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle on this community service project. LIHI, a non-profit organization that is one of the largest providers of tiny houses in the nation, is providing plans and materials; BARN will provide the volunteer labor.
This will be the second Tiny House built by BARN volunteers. The picture shows the first house soon after it was installed at the Friendship Heights Village, located at 12245 Aurora Ave N in Seattle. The village has 40 tiny houses that serve approximately 55 formerly homeless people.
As with the 2021 house, the one being built this year will be insulated and dry, but it won't have a kitchen or bathroom. Each village provides shared dining and bathing facilities.
The plan is to build the house over nine sessions in June — Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 to 5 pm. BARN members with experience in residential construction will supervise the work of up to five other volunteers each day. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Besides helping people who need housing, volunteers will also learn how to build a small building using a variety of tools
Most work will be done outdoors, so please dress appropriately. You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.