Homelessness is a broad and complex issue, but there is no arguing that addressing the basic need for shelter is one of the top priorities when trying to solve it. Bas Timmer, a designer from Holland, has come up with an innovative potable shelter for the homeless. Itâ€™s called Sheltersuit and itâ€™s basically a shelter that can also be used as a jacket. Bas created it in association with Alexander de Groot, and the main inspiration was a friendâ€™s father who died living on the streets. […]
The Y:Cube, a prefab modular block of apartments has just been completed in London. It will provide comfortable and affordable units for the cityâ€™s homeless. Being modular and prefabricated offsite, the constructions costs can be kept low, so the rent will be about 65 percent of the market rate for similar apartments. […]
The organization Homes for the Homeless has proposed an innovative way to alleviate the problem of homelessness. They propose a series of small, cost-effective pods that could be attached to buildings and provide a decent place for the homeless to live, away from the dangers of sleeping on the streets. The pods were designed by architect James Furzer of London, UK.
The Seattle-based non-profit organization Sawhorse Revolution is currently raising funds to sponsor the building of a “moveable eco-village” to house the city’s homeless. They are calling the project the Impossible City, and with the help of volunteers from among the local high school students and building professionals they home to start building it soon. Currently they are trying to raise the funds via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
Paul Mason, the Program Manager for Campbell River Housing Resource Centre in British Columbia is the man behind the idea to build temporary shelters out of shipping containers for the homeless in the area. The converted shipping containers will provide safer and more dignified housing for the homeless by replacing the cardboard boxes, tents, and dirty blankets the homeless sleep in. Hundreds of thousands ISO shipping containers lie disused in Canada and North America. Turning these containers into eco-friendly, low cost and safe housing for the homeless and others in need is only logical.