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Seattle Youth Work to Build the 'Impossible City'

by News Staff / April 21, 2015

Through a Seattle-based charity called Sawhorse Revolution, local teens are both learning and building lodging for the homeless.

A project called the "Impossible City" -- a community of housing that is designed to be affordable, sustainable and movable -- began in late 2014 when Sawhorse Revolution partnered with a local mobile homeless community that offers security and shelter for about 40 residents.

Due to the cost of running such a facility -- and the fact that homeless encampments in Seattle move every three to 18 months and there is no guarantee that new sites will have water, electricity or sewage facilities, Gizmag reports --  the community needed to investigate alternative and off-grid solutions.

Enter Sawhorse Revolution, whose Impossible City project has officially constructed one off-grid micro home that is made largely from recycled materials -- the roof consists of a salvaged aluminum panel, old street signs make up the sides of the structure, and re-used glass was used to make a window.

A second shelter should be completed in June.