Check out this article in Yes! Magazine to see how some local Seattle folks are taking a grassroots approach to the housing crisis. The BLOCK Project, an offshoot of Facing Homelessness, builds tiny houses in backyards for homeless individuals, and one couple in Beacon Hill was the first to offer their backyard for the project.
Two major interstate freeways cross at the edge of the Seattle neighborhood where I live. Last autumn, as winter began to close in, the homeless encampments growing along the freeways wrapped around the hill and took root under the interstate bridge six blocks from my house.