The genesis of Homes 4 the Homeless was in 2017 with the natural disaster of the Tubbs Fire. Our founder Steve Schneider became homeless overnight and was forced along with thousands of others to navigate insurance and local homelessness services for over a year before he was able to find a new home. The experience gave him an in-depth view into homelessness and affordable housing.
Steve’s experience from the auto rental industry using shipping containers for freight, storage and small-scale residential construction inspired the idea to rent them as a low-cost way to house victims of natural disasters. Leveraging his contacts from the auto industry, he engaged in a partnership with CIMC (China International Marine Containers), a leading provider of shipping containers worldwide. In 2004 CIMC Group began manufacturing prefabricated modular housing using the same footprint as shipping containers. Via this partnership, Homes 4 the Homeless now has a source for high-quality, low-cost, prefabricated modular housing in the volume needed to meet the homelessness crisis. Within approximately 90 days, we have the ability to deliver thousands of modular homes to where they are most needed.
The standardized and mass-produced design of shipping containers helps them withstand months-long ocean voyages and have the durability to last for many years. This makes them wonderful building blocks for modular construction and CIMC has demonstrated its capabilities in construction projects like hotels, dormitories and workforce housing in Europe, Australia and Japan. We believe they will be ideal for tackling the difficult issue of homelessness.
The mission of Homes 4 the Homeless is to specialize in modular housing in order deliver a key innovation to nonprofits and governments throughout the United States struggling with homelessness. We have attracted a seasoned, diverse group of professionals eager to apply their trade in building outstanding housing and facilities that will provide peace of mind and healing for our tenants. We believe the nonprofit business model also offers significant advantages in keeping costs down and harnessing good intentions to deliver superior results. Like our partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Human Needs Project, we are eager to engage with homelessness nonprofits as well as government agencies in delivering cost-effective solutions.
In a short time our goal of modular housing for the homeless has attracted builders, architects, designers, fabricators and a diverse group of passionate individuals who want to work to end homelessness. How can you help?
Renting modular shipping container homes, tiny homes and apartments in volume is the most cost effective solution in providing housing that helps the homeless transition to self-sufficiency and more permanent housing.
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