You may have heard about the sanctioned tent encampment, Nickelsville-Ballard, on Market Street that is now providing a measure of safety and dignity for some of Ballard’s citizens. Along with Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and some of our very generous supporters, we have raised nearly enough funds to pay for the five tiny houses at the encampment.
Each house has a price tag of $2,350 — $1,800 for lumber, $250 for overhead light and ventilation fan and $300 to move each house from the build site to Ballard. Volunteers built the houses and they are beautiful!
You may donate through Paypal below or mail a check to Sustainable Ballard, 2442 NW Market St. #286, Seattle, WA 98107. Please note “Tiny House Campaign” on your check. If you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, please write a check to Low Income Housing Institute and mail it to us at the above address; we will forward it to LIHI.
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The Sustainable Ballard community helps our neighbors in need in many ways. The Ballard Knitters for the Homeless group meets monthly and donates hand-made comfort items. At the Nyer Urness House, an 80-unit facility for formerly homeless people, Sustainable Ballard cooks meals and is involved in the Free Letters Home service. After the Sunday Farmer’s Market, volunteers glean for the Ballard Food Bank. These and other initiatives happen because people in Ballard care and volunteer their time.
The City of Seattle has proposed homeless encampments on city-owned land. Although far from ideal, the Sustainable Ballard Board strongly supports facilities for the homeless – including these encampments – until better and more permanent solutions to homelessness can be achieved. Encampments help mitigate harm, encourage dignity, and alleviate some of the burden of homeless life.