Facing Homelessness + The BLOCK Project

Facing Homelessness + The BLOCK Project

Facing Homelessness + The BLOCK Project

Solterra Solar is partnered with a Seattle non-profit organization called Facing Homelessness + The BLOCK Project, which is a local organization focused on creating a real community solution to address the Seattle housing crisis. Solterra has been working alongside them since 2019 to further their reach and impact and today we want to share more about what it could mean to become a BLOCK host!

Since 2019, Solterrra has installed or is scheduled to install solar for six BLOCK Project roofs by donating skilled labor and project management support, while also using donated solar materials from local distributors. BLOCK Project’s goal is to have each BLOCK home have a net zero energy impact on the host home. And in some instances, host homes decide to add even more solar to minimize their reliance on the local grid!

A Solterra crew member carries a panel to be installed on the roof of a BLOCK Project home.

The BLOCK Project is the one of the most innovative approaches to addressing homelessness and is looking to grow its incredible community. It’s not only ¼ the cost of other low-income housing solutions, making it the most affordable permanent solution to homelessness, but it engages the Seattle community to make a real impact and build sustainable networks of care for all of us.

While none of us escaped the impacts of the pandemic, this project has remained successful and a powerful force in the community. They are ready to keep growing, and in order to do so, are seeking new Host Partners: homeowners with suitable backyards for a DADU! We are helping The BLOCK Project grow by posting about this here in our community. If you (or someone you know) are willing to have a BLOCK home and new neighbor in your backyard and are interested in learning more, please visit the-block-project.org/host.

Solterra Owner and CEO, Aimee Carpenter, visits a BLOCK home in Seattle, WA where Solterra installed ten 310W Silfab Solar modules.

Please consider becoming a messenger for this project and spread the word! If you want to learn more or contribute, please follow @Facing Homelessness. You can also visit their website to sign up for volunteering opportunities (the-block-project.org/get-involved-1), or donate (the-block-project.org/donate)!

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Author Bio:



Paige Farris Kantrowitz (she/her) is the Project Coordinator and Service Manager at Solterra Solar.  A Kentucky native, she’s fond of hiking, snowboarding, traveling, dinosaurs, and recently began learning to shuffle dance.  When she isn’t in the office working on a solar project, she enjoys being outside or doing something creative (or both!).

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