We will temporarily use 23 vacant empty plots of City-Owned land. Each site will have 22-25 Cargo Containers 40 x 8 ft. These containers will be renovated to include windows, dividers, insulation and electricity. Cargo containers are moveable, earthquake proof, already have an emergency ladder so are up to fire code. The are very abundant in our area and often end up in the waste stream.
The containers will be modeled into dorm-like units that unlock with a magnetic card. There will be 8-16 campers per container depending on each individual' situation and size. Each unit inside the container will be 75-80 square feet. Two to five of the containers at each site will be used for showering, portable toilets, and cooking. Campers that are swept by the Navigation Team will take a drug test and complete a digital questionnaire that will be streamlined into a database and paired with an algorithm to determine which site best matches the issues they are dealing with. For example, we will not put the severely drug-addicted near the non-drug addicted and severely mentally ill.
There will be 8 employees at each site during the day to administer medical and job-training services earning an average annual salary of $60,000. Individuals will have 3-8 months (circumstantial) to live in the renovated container for free while also having a multitude of options to earn money. They can help build the containers for other sites, help clean the City’s mess that camping has caused and work other odd jobs.
Funds earned will be deposited into their own account. However, individuals cannot access these funds until they exit the program with a job and enough money saved to afford the upfront cost needed to attain long-term housing.
We will use the Washington State Apprenticeship program to train and pair campers with jobs they are capable of or are interested in. This will help meet the increased need for skilled workers that many industries are struggling with. In lieu of a future head tax or another business tax, we will ask for their help and cooperation to set up the technological infrastructure, databases and analytics to support training and job placement for these individuals. IWe could also invite businesses to sponsor the program in return for free advertising by either naming a site after the business or advertising their name on the outside of a container like a billboard. We could also give them a tax credit to show our gratitude for their cooperation. The projected cost is less than $40 million and would immediately house up to 10,000
The sites will not be in parks. The sites will be contained within a fence. Sites will be freely accessible to those in that specific site during open hours. Roommates would be either randomly selected or chosen upon individual preference. The units will have windows and doors that are magnetically accessible with a key card. This way we do not need to worry about keys getting lost or stolen and we will not have to change locks. Former campers will swipe in and swipe out, leaving a record of the exact time that they entered and exited to deter crime or abuse of the program.
This is not the four seasons. It is more of a college, trade school, or rehab for campers that will fill the gap of current supplies and demands. This is an URGENT solution to a very long-standing EMERGENCY. I have spoken to hundreds of campers and they are ready when we are. It is very easy to be ‘for or against’ a policy. However, it is not easy to be against an idea unless there is a better one. I do not believe there is a better solution to this City’s homelessness crisis.
MOVEABLE AND STACKABLE
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX BY BUILDING INSIDE THE BOX shipping container homes
NO HEAD TAX NECESSARY - THIS IS A PROJECT
PAY THEM TO CLEAN UP THE MESS (UNDER THE TABLE) - $1 FOR EVERY NEEDLE - $1 FOR EVERY "ABANDONED" CONDOM - $20 FOR EVERY BAG OF TRASH - $40 IF ITS SORTED INTO COMPOST, RECYCLING, AND TRASH
CAN'T SHOW UP TO A JOB INTERVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOWHERE TO KEEP YOUR THINGS, SHIT, SHAVE, PEE, OR SHOWER
GIVE THEM A REASON THEY SHOULD - AND THEY WILL
NO CAMPING IN SEATTLE + MORE SKILLED WORKERS = LARGER MIDDLE CLASS = MORE CONSUMER SPENDING