Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Portable homeless shelters

Ah, human ingenuity! It's apparently too ambitious to work on ending the problem of homelessness, but inventing a stopgap shelter for the homeless is doable enough... Not a bad idea! If Gregor Robertson's promises to end homelessness in Vancouver don't bear fruit, maybe he can just order a few thousand and install them in back alleys, doorways and parks... They're so much more attractive than cardboard boxes and dirty blankets.


Blogger Samantha said...

I had this idea today and decided to Google it and came up with this article. My idea incorporates using recycled plastic melted down and formed into walls for a portable shelter on wheels. It would measure approximately six feet long by three feet wide by four feet high; just big enough for a person to duck inside and get out of the cold and rain. It would have wheels on the bottom, so they could push it around wherever and I even thought they could be funded by selling advertising to place on the side, since homeless people just kind of amble around the city all day and night.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I almost forgot...the plastic molded walls would be filled with Styrofoam (recycled) and it would have a door or hatch on the side with a very simple locking mechanism that can be locked while someone is on the inside. (No keys.) The only thing I'm having a problem with is a heat source...maybe a small wind turbine or solar panel on top? It seems heat may not be necessary, but it sure would be nice if I was a homeless person.

7:45 AM  
Blogger olesarchitect said...

8' x 20' steel shipping containers can be modified and configured to provide basic shelter for the homeless population. Finding the property to put them is another matter.

9:46 AM  
Blogger olesarchitect said...

8'x20' shipping containers can be modified to provide basic shelter for a single homeless person. Varying the modules or using 40' containers allow for small families. Finding the property, approvals and funding are another matter.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what about does thousand (millions? of FEMA coffins that are being stored around the country?

3:10 PM  

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