At the foot of a hillside in Seattle’s Nickelsville Homeless Community is a small insulated structure that serves as an individual’s new home. But what makes it so iconic isn’t its size. Instead it’s the fact that this tiny home was built by a group of high school students through non-profit carpentry program Sawhorse Revolution.
Nickelsville is one of Seattle’s long-term camps that provides shelter and security for homeless. And at the forefront is Sawhorse Revolution, who teaches diverse teens the basics of carpentry and construction by building projects for the community.
Dubbed “The Green House,” this structure sports a host of recycled materials. The siding is made of salvaged Seattle street signs and aluminum panels from a Department of Transportation project, while the entire house rests on industrial plastic pallets, to make forklifting the structure easier.
And in the case of this story, the students for this project came from the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. They engaged in this project as a way to learn essential job skills. It was led by professional builder Matthew Rhodes of Seattle-based company Rhodes Creations.
And aside from the shelter it provides, building this home is an amazing educational opportunity for students. These young children are learning how to build a home from beginning to end, which is a See rare opportunity for teens these days.