Building Housing

Building bus homes together as a community will offer another solution to the problems discussed. As you have read in The Problems.

We are working toward building alternative, affordable, safe, and healthy housing by converting buses into homes for low income residents of Thurston County.

We purchased the two 40’ buses from the Tumwater School District in August 2018 with the help of a volunteer. We held two work parties to remove seats and flooring. These work parties were very successful as all the seats were removed and the floor of one bus was completed. Our volunteers who helped expressed interest in continuing the build through to completion.

 

Build A Bus Home is offering a solution to the problems we addressed:

Affordable, healthy, and safe –YES! Cost will be based on income or lack of income, cost of living, and other factors in compliance with State and Federal Laws. More details to follow as the Board develops this further. No discrimination – all income levels accepted.

 
     
We are focusing attention on Thurston County, WA. Then, as time progresses, we will look to increase our reach beyond Thurston County to the State of Washington and beyond.               We will serve all people who need assistance, such as single mothers with children, and single men and women who need an affordable home where they can be safe and be surrounded by community. Many people do not have an address. This can lead to a host of other struggles, such as lack of cleanliness of self and clothing, seeking employment, and staying employed. We will be serving the homeless by providing our Shower/Laundry Clean Up Bus. We will work closely with organizations who provide Coordinated Entry. (See Page 12)   Sidewalk is the starting point to determine eligibility for social services for single adults. Family Support Center is the agency that helps families, Community Youth Services assists the youth in our communities. We will continue to work with these and many other organizations to achieve our mutual goals of serving the homeless and low-income people in Thurston County.   Since June 2018 we have been working with the City of Lacey and faith communities on a subcommittee about homelessness, and our need for a response in Lacey. We are near to the end with October being the final month. At that time, we will collectively make recommendations to the City of Lacey based on the needs of our communities, and the ability to accomplish the projects, and plans outlined.   Some challenges we might encounter
  • City/County planning & zoning laws that are outdated
  • Water for tanks
  • Land with buildings for converting buses, office space, classrooms, a café, an art and recording studio
  • Washington State & Federal poverty guidelines
  • Funding
The time is NOW, and BABH can serve our neighbors who need our services.

When people live in affordable housing, spending less on rent and utilities, they can become a more productive member of society. When people feel good about themselves, they spend more, and contribute more, they go out to events more, and therefore, they boost the economy! When people in their community volunteer, they can become happier more content people through giving of themselves to others. When we are more content, we smile more, have happier interactions with people, and possess the chance to spread more happiness. What are your talents and skills that you would like to spread and put to good use with Build A Bus Home?