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, 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.

To address this need, Compass Housing Alliance introduces 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.

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Click through on the images for an animated view of the construction process (Courtesy Hybrid Architecture & Assembly)

Why Steel-Frame Modular Housing?

Many of our neighbors remain homeless due to the lack of affordable housing. These include veterans and families with small children. Our steel modular housing solution provides housing at one-third the building cost, in one-third of the time and with lower environmental impact. Therefore, we can make a bigger difference when and where it counts.

Our partners construct the steel-frame modular developments off site so we can install them rapidly. This creates much-needed housing with minimal disruption to the community. We can relocate, re-purpose, and reconfigure units to meet evolving community and resident needs. Because of this, modular housing offers a dignified, scalable and responsive solution to an urban crisis.

The Compass Approach

People experiencing homelessness struggle to meet basic needs each day. Many services don’t take into account the whole person. As a result, many individuals struggle to find stable housing. Our responsive housing approach removes the most pressing barriers to accessing shelter housing and services. We can easily adapt homes and services to meet the specific needs of different homeless populations. Therefore, we can better serve veterans, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable populations. We provide case management and support services to help build stability. Most importantly, we can keep couples, families, and their pets together.

IN THE NEWS

The Paul G. Allen Foundation awarded Compass Housing Alliance $1 million in support of the Compass Crossing Pilot Project. Click here to learn more.

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

“Transitional 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

CONTACTS

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

For investment or media inquiries, please reach Suzanne Sullivan, Director of Advancement at ssullivan@compasshousingalliance.org or 206.474.1069.

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