14 December 2008
The idea has been around for awhile: shipping containers being used as a basic shell to build temporary housing for the homeless. A few months ago I posted something about Albimo, a French company that manufactures temporary hotel rooms. I speculated that if Albimo's units could be purchased in quantity, stripped of their hotel/motel amenities, and reduced in price, some non profit or government entity might experiment with them as housing for the poor and homeless. But shipping containers could serve the same purpose, maybe more cheaply. People are already living in empty, abandoned shipping containers. Why not convert new ones into decent living quarters? Check out http://www.lahomelessblog.org/2008/06/maybe-shipping-containers-are-solution.html for further discussion of cost and how-to.
Posted by David Carney at 22:17