Shared from Executive Constantine’s Executive Summary Newsletter
People often ask me, “What can I personally do to help confront the homelessness crisis?” I recently announced two new partnerships that offer more volunteer opportunities to help our neighbors get back on their feet.
We are making a vacant King County warehouse on Harbor Island available to a pair of nonprofits that will use the space to expand their volunteer-driven operations to help more people and families transition out of homelessness.
You can sign up with The BLOCK Project to host a small, self-contained home in your backyard. The staff and volunteers will work with your neighbors to create a welcoming space for people who are transitioning out of homelessness. You also can volunteer at the warehouse to help build the small homes, which are designed by local architects to be sustainable and energy efficient.
Or you can come by to help Humble Design furnish other homes for families who are transitioning out of a shelter with few or no personal possessions, such as beds, furniture, or toys. You also can donate lightly used furniture — our partners at U-Haul are providing a new moving truck — to help create inviting, personal spaces where children feel at home.
This is the type of innovative solution that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, and I envisioned when we convened One Table: Under one roof, governments, businesses, philanthropies, nonprofits, and the good people of our community working together to ensure that all people in King County have a safe, warm place to sleep each night.
Thank you, as always, for the opportunity to serve.
King County Executive
(Watch Mitch Pittman’s KOMO News coverage)