Compass Crossing Pilot Project

The homeless crisis in Seattle continues to escalate and shows no sign of easing. In November 2015, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency on homelessness. As the King County homeless population continues to grow each month, there is a critical need for a rapid, responsive and scalable solution to accelerate access to affordable housing for the most vulnerable in our community.

Compass Housing Alliance has a solution: Compass Crossing, an innovative steel-frame modular housing community. It brings together dignified housing and people-centered services to create 13 new housing units at the corner of Angeline and 39th Streets in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. Compass Crossing creates a supportive community for its residents that is respectful of racial diversity and gender equality.

We are excited to share The Paul G. Allen Foundation has awarded Compass Housing Alliance $1 million in support of the Compass Crossing Pilot Project. Click here to learn more about this exciting announcement!



Women, children—entire families—are in search of a stable place to live but remain homeless due to the lack of adequate resources and affordable housing. Compass Crossing’s steel-frame modular housing solution is developed at one-third the building cost, in one-third of the time and uses one-third of the environmental resources.

The homes are constructed off site and can be installed rapidly, creating much-needed housing while ensuring minimal disruption to the community. Units can be relocated, repurposed and reconfigured to meet evolving community and resident needs. Modular housing offers a dignified, scalable and responsive solution to an urban crisis.


Homelessness is a daily struggle to meet basic needs and access support and most services don’t take into account the whole person. Compass Crossing is a responsive housing approach that removes the most pressing barriers to accessing shelter housing and services. Most importantly, it keeps individuals, couples and their pets together. The homes and services can easily be adapted to meet the specific needs of different homeless populations, including veterans and victims of domestic violence.

Fabrication Partner: OneBuild
General Contractor: Walsh Construction
Architect: Hybrid Architecture


What will the small steel homes look like?”
by Kate Walters and Bill Radke, KUOW

“Traditional Housing Pilot Project gets Allen Foundation Funding Boost”
by John Langeler, KING 5 TV

Billionaire Paul Allen invests $1 Million in Homelessness Project
by Dan Beekman, The Seattle Times

For project information, please reach Ryan Mielcarek, Director of Strategic Initiatives at or 206.474.1021.

For funding or media inquiries, please reach Suzanne Sullivan, Director of Communications at or 206.719.3348.

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