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In the vein of programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Sawhorse Revolution helps to recycle leftover construction materials into livable tiny homes, often employing off-the-grid, sustainable features like solar panels and rainwater harvesting. With the skills they’d learned, the teenagers who participated in the program realized they could help Nickelsville; a roaming homeless community that occupies vacant land on a temporary basis. Launched with an Indiegogo campaign, the teens have teamed up with designers to create a moveable eco-village for Seattle’s homeless.

Related: How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

With the help of designers, the teens have created six projects that will enhance the life of the people living in Nickelsville, including The Green House—a tiny home made of salvaged aluminum sights, and The Nest—a similar tiny house with a loft and built-in shelving. They’ll also be able to build a sheltered open kitchen, solar power charging station, composting latrines, and collapsible tiny homes made from recycled canvas and other materials.

These ambitious projects will not only increase the quality of life for the homeless living at Nickelsville, but can also be easily moved when the camp is forced to relocate. The teens have already successfully raised enough funds to begin their initial plans, and continue to raise more to expand Nickelsville.

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Via Fast Co Exist