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 to 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. Meanwhile cities, government agencies and homeless charities continue to suffer a shortage of transitional housing.
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.
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. Learn More