The core mission of Homes 4 the Homeless is to use modular building techniques to provide safe, comfortable and cost effective rapid-response housing that will help those affected by homelessness transition to self-sufficiency. By reducing the amount spent on housing costs, more funding will be available to put towards the services and support that this underserved community so desperately needs. The inspiration for our nonprofit came when our founder
became homeless as a result of the Tubbs Fire in 2017 and he has been eager to find a solution for Sonoma County every since.
Our nonprofit business model offers significant advantages in reducing costs and harnessing good will to deliver superior results. We are eager to engage with nonprofits, municipalities, corporate social responsibility, volunteers, and most importantly the end users, to deliver this important piece of the larger effort to help reduce homelessness.
The basic building block of our mission is the 20-foot modular home we call the MiniMod which can house three to four people in private quarters. Supported by our partnership with CIMC, we have access to a supply chain of MiniMods that can be delivered in volume within 75-90 days. These homes are built in the same footprint as shipping containers, are easily customized and are designed to be intermodal for easy shipping, even delivered folded down inside a 53-foot shipping container and assembled on-site into a tiny village by our team within hours.
The beauty of modular construction is its ability to use modular construction techniques, allowing us to use high-volume, high-quality processes that conform to regulations while saving time and lowering costs compared to traditional building methods. They can also reduce the workforce at the construction location by as much as 50 percent, improving safety and further lowering costs.
Our experience shows that these types of developments offer significant time savings over traditional construction methods. Modular building reduces construction times to completion by 30-60 percent according to our partners. The intermodal design of our MiniMods means they can be delivered quickly and efficiently via shipping, train, truck or flatbed.
When designed and adopted correctly, modular homes have been found to be extremely safe and durable structures. They allow for an interior build-out that would be comfortable by any standard, thus offering a respectful and humane way to house those experiencing homelessness.
Using these basic modular structures, our team has the ability to adapt our Village/s to virtually any site regardless of size, shape, adjacencies, and the presence (or not) of existing infrastructure.
How much room do we truly need to live? At the end of the day, all we truly need is a soft, warm, safe place to sleep and a solid roof over our heads. Many of us take this for granted on a daily basis, but for the homeless, to make a transition to more permanent housing, these basics are essential in taking the first step.
Homelessness has been surging in recent years throughout the United States. In Oakland for example the homeless population rose 47% between 2017 and 2019, one of the biggest two-year increases of any California city, according to a one-night street count released in July by county officials. (San Francisco Chronicle) Our own community, recently devastated by wildfire, became one of the top areas in the country for homelessness in 2018.
With all the challenges of today’s society, our goal at Homes 4 the Homeless is to provide a place where the homeless can feel rested, recharge their spirit and prepare themselves for a new day’s challenge with a fresh start and the goal of finding a permanent dwelling they can call home.
Our mission to bring innovation to affordable housing has attracted a passionate team, from caring individuals looking to lend a hand, to skilled professionals wanting to donate their time and expertise to tackle this difficult problem and help those in need.
The unique challenges of homelessness make shipping and storage containers rented in high volume the best short-term solution for transitional housing. Our goal is to rent prefabricated container homes in high volume from a central manufacturing center, for delivery to where they can make the biggest difference for the homeless.
Container homes offer many benefits for transitional housing. The standardized steel structure offers a durable building block that makes them a cornerstone for Modular Construction techniques, proven to save time and money in residential building developments.
Shipping containers are also intermodal meaning their standard size makes them easy to ship and deliver by boat, train or flatbed truck. Fast, easy and affordable delivery, container homes can make a greater impact for the homeless anywhere they are needed. Also by renting container homes it reduces short-term costs to facilitate rapid-rehousing efforts.
Shipping containers are so strong that sixteen of them can be stacked on top of each other without additional engineering, so they can help the occupant feel more secure. Old containers are often discarded or recycled, but by re-purposing them in volume they can save energy and money. The structural benefits also make them easier and faster to produce.
Renting or owning high quality, low cost container homes is now a reality. Contact us today and let us find the best solution to fit your needs
While our main focus is on low-cost, high-volume solutions, building homes from shipping containers has become the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Below are some more exotic and pricey ideas that might serve as inspiration. Send us photos of your favorites and we will share them with our supporters.
Tiny homes have been a new trend all over the world, helping people live richer lives with less. Homes 4 the Homeless wants to supply such minimalist homes under 350 square feet because they are easier to finance, permit, build, deliver and maintain. A minimalist home allows the occupant to have more time to focus on the important things in life. For the homeless, it can be an important transition to financial independence. Statistics show that more than 18 million households — 1 in 6 — are paying more than half of their income on housing. Tiny homes help free up more finances for the finer things in life.
Homes 4 the Homeless loves the idea of tiny homes and apartments in helping the homeless transition to independence. Tiny homes can be a way to stay financially healthy. Our goal as a nonprofit is to identify housing and land that is available for the development of tiny rental apartments and transitional housing units. Rentals help lower the up-front costs of housing so we can quickly find a temporary housing solution for most people living on the streets. We also seek the donation of building supplies and furnishings to outfit these homes.
Tiny houses and tiny apartments, typically less than 400 square feet, are perfect for the use of shipping container homes. 89 percent of tiny house owners have less credit card debt than the average American. 60 percent of tiny house owners have no credit card debt at all. 55 percent of tiny house owners have more savings in the bank than the average homeowner. Two out of every five tiny house owners is over 50 years old. 68 percent of tiny house owners have no mortgage.
In 2013 the average home was 2,598 square feet. Back in 1983 they were only 1,725 square feet, an increase of over 50 percent. 144 tiny houses could fit inside a football field. 17, 424 tiny houses could fit inside Disneyland California. 2,020 tiny houses could fit on the Golden Gate Bridge. Statistics from the Tiny House Society.
Like minded people are pooling their resources by starting a Tiny House Village and we think these mini-micro subdivisions could be a serious tool in helping alleviate homelessness.
The idea of the tiny house village is not a new idea but one that has come full circle from ancient times to the cutting edge of urban living. Many claim that the tiny house movement brought about these villages popping up around the world, but there is no denying the rising cost of housing and construction is making this idea, as well as whole communities, thrive.
These tiny communities hold serious potential for helping improve people’s lives and elevating the quality of life throughout the community. Tiny home owners spend more time on the finer things in life, so imagine bringing hundreds of these types of people together? The spark of doing more with less, working together, sharing and pooling resources are the staples of tiny home communities.
Tiny home villages are a big part of our plans to help the homeless, so contact us today to start planning for yours. Below is a high resolution version of new concept art we commissioned of a tiny home village that would house 100+ people.
Contact us today to RENT or BUY a tiny home from Homes 4 the Homeless. We believe the best way to help someone living on the streets is to give them temporary relief by offering a short-term place to live. Once they find the rest and peace they need to revitalize their spirit, they will be in a much better situation to find a more permanent residence.
Renting eliminates the up-front cost of ownership for tenants and programs designed to alleviate homelessness, helping to make a better short-term impact on the community. We believe that partnerships with local governments and homeless non-profits can fill the short-term need for rapid rehousing by offering rentals to the homeless at a targeted cost of under $500.
Shipping container homes are especially adaptable to the rental business model as they can be delivered as easily as a car on a flatbed truck. Depending on supply, rental containers can be deployed within days to areas of extreme homelessness.
Contact us today and let us know your needs. Our nonprofit is looking for creative ways to fund modular homes to help with homelessness, like rentals, leasing, rent-to-own, underwriting, sponsorship, fundraising, donations, grant writing and more. Let's take on this challenge together!