Soup applies design to do good. Designers, developers, artists and activists lend their skills to projects like building beautiful, affordable houses for low-income families interested in a simple approach to living. The homes, created from shipping containers, are safe, well-crafted, and thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of a family. They promote “blocks” of residential living that boost a sense of community.
Soup is passionate about the vital role design can play in forwarding humanitarian goals.
Building Blocks for Living
Blocks is Soup’s non-profit initiative for growing the world’s supply of desirable, affordable housing by installing prefab homes on existing residential properties. Soup serves as a trusted network connecting homeowners with prospective tenants. The goal is to provide housing for 100,000 people over the next 10 years.
Why this matters
We need to bring together the people who can, with the people who need, to enable healthier communities. On a macro scale, increasing the supply of affordable housing is one of the biggest levers for improving public health and economic prosperity. At the community level, Blocks helps in three ways: tenants have better options for housing; homeowners benefit financially with rent and increased property value; and the community grows stronger by creating more space for human connections.
Who this is for
Homeowners: Anyone who owns land and has sufficient real estate to fit another unit could be a Blocks homeowner. They would be interested for two reasons: the financial benefit of cash flow from a new tenant, and the desire to improve and enrich their community.
Tenants: There are many potential customer segments, but we’re going to start with low-income families. These people have a home today, but it can be woefully insufficient, and they lack better, more affordable options — even with government aid programs like Section 8. Over time, we envision Blocks helping a wider group of people, including the homeless.
Tour a Blocks Shipping Container Home & Learn More at TinyFest