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.