Hyperallergic, “The Anarchist-designed DIY Heaters Saving Lives of Unhoused People”

The Portland-based group Heater Bloc has created tent-safe heaters that cost only $7 to build.

By Amber Cortes, February 3, 2022

Last winter, 221 unhoused people died on the streets of Seattle, one of the highest numbers on record for the city. This grim data is only expected to get worse this year as Omicron continues to spread and as new Mayor Bruce Harrel seeks to keep his campaign promise to eradicate encampments across the city. 

And lately, the weather in Seattle has gotten cold. Extremely cold.

“We’ve seen many people on the brink of hypothermia who are barely getting by,” said mutual aid worker Meadow in an interview with Hyperallergic. The worker preferred to use a pseudonym to protect her identity, saying that her group has been facing attacks by police officers and right-wing groups.    

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