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June 2018

Vulcan volunteers converge for single-day buildout of tiny houses

Five hundred volunteers convened at CenturyLink Field Event Center on May 25 to take part in "Vulcan Converge," a day of service for employees, former Seahawks and other volunteers. Their goal was to build 30 tiny houses.

The completed houses will be donated to a tiny house village in Seattle's Central Area for use by homeless families and individuals.

Vulcan founder-chairman and philanthropist Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft (and the 2008 Seattle-King County First Citizen) contributed $75,000 to host the build-out.

The crews worked under the watchful eyes of supervisors from several general contracting companies to assemble the 96-square-foot homes. All will be wired for heat and electricity.

The new village on Yesler Way will eventually have 36 homes surrounding a common area with a kitchen, bathrooms with showers, an on-site case manager and round-the-clock security. It will be funded by the city and operated at an estimated annual cost of $300,000.

"Vulcan Converge" was held in partnership with the city of Seattle and the nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute.

View the video of the Vulcan Converge event

Photos of Vulcan volunteers building tiny houses