Billionaire Paul Allen donates $1M to build housing for homeless in Columbia City
A Seattle nonprofit will build 13 units of housing for the homeless in the Columbia City neighborhood using a new construction model: steel modules.
Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen is donating $1 million to cover Compass Housing Alliance’s capital costs for the project.
The community at Angeline Street and 39th Avenue South will be built with multiple boxlike modules lowered into place by a crane. The modules resemble shipping containers and the resulting one-story structures will look like portables.
The community for people transitioning out of homelessness will include on-site support services for residents and will be the first in the U.S. built with steel modules, said Paul Butler, an associate program officer with Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy.