Homelessness is a growing problem in many cities around the world. Veterans, the mentally ill, people who have fallen on hard times and increasingly even families are finding themselves without a place to call home. Recently, there has been a movement to alleviate the burden of homelessness by using discarded shipping containers. Here is what you need to know.
The Benefits of Using Shipping Containers
Housing Can be Built More Quickly When Using Containers- Because shipping containers already contain a pretty sound structure, several steps of the building process can be easily skipped when building homes from them. In fact, containers can be refinished off-site and them placed on the site as completed units. While building a traditional housing facility for the homeless might take between two and three years, using shipping containers only requires six months.
Shipping Containers are Strong- Shipping containers are made to withstand all sorts of weather and are designed to do so for around 100 years. They are made to carry a great deal of weight and can be stacked on top of one another like blocks– a feature that can be come in handy when turning them into apartments.
Shipping Containers are an Economical Solution- Building housing with a shipping container removes several steps from the building process. There is no framing or structural support needed. On top of this, it takes less time to construct a building or dwelling from shipping containers. When you are able to use fewer materials and when many of the materials are repurposed and when the process takes less time and thus less man hours, you are able to save money. Saving money is always important, but especially when many of your funds are donated.
When planning how to create housing for the homeless, shipping containers may not seem like an obvious answer. Shipping containers have been gaining in popularity over the last few years, to be developed into housing. They have many benefits.
What Kind of Housing Can Be Made
Individual shipping containers can be made into single, small, efficiency housing units for individuals. Containers can be connected into a larger unit for families. Shipping container can also be stacked to create apartment buildings and complexes for families. Many of the shipping containers being transformed into homes for the homeless are being turned into transitional housing. They will be used as a stepping stone to help homeless individuals get on their feet.
Where Housing for the Homeless is Appearing
The idea of turning shipping containers into housing for the homeless is spreading. Housing communities built from shipping containers are appearing in places as diverse as Bristol, England, Orange County, California and Baltimore, Maryland. Developing housing to shelter homeless populations is not only humane, but good business sense, too. People who have decent shelter are less of a burden on society and cost tax payers less money because they are less likely to show up in emergency rooms and require care. It is better for their health and the tax payers’ wallets.
Building housing for the homeless is a good idea. It gives people in dire circumstances dignity and the opportunity to get on their feet. It also protects them and costs tax payers a lot less than leaving the homeless vulnerable to the elements. Building that housing from shipping containers saves time and money and uses fewer resources. This allows homes to be built quicker and thus house the indigent more quickly.
Davenport Laroche is a shipping container investment agency.