A Mobile Homeless Shelter You Wouldn't Mind Living In

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We spend a lot of time looking at shelters here on FastCompany.com—from pop-up shelters for earthquake relief to the Open Architecture Network's challenge to build shelters with a social component, there is no shortage of designers trying to solve the ever-present problem of homelessness. But this mobile homeless shelter designed by Paul Elkins and featured on designboom is—dare we say it—kind of comfortable-looking.

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Sure, the 225-pound shelter is tiny and has no room to stand, but that's not the point. It provides everything you need, including a kichen, rest/sleeping area, and makeshift washroom, and it can be easily carted around from street to street. The roof also acts as a raincatcher, and a tank collects water for later use. An overflow feature lets excess water drain to the ground.

At the very least, the mobile homeless shelter beats grocery-cart living—or even, say, renting a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And we can imagine that the cart could be useful at festivals—i.e. Burning Man—where protection from the elements is critical.

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  • Mul202

    One of the great things that came out of the Occupy Wall Street Movement was that they started thinking about ways to deal with the homeless problem.  Many great ideas for shelters came out of the movement.  It is a challenge for engineering students and construction majors to build a shelter within a very small budget.  Great Idea!

  • Sock_proverb

     Just a thought... there would undoubtably cost money to make but the act of being homeless usually means people have no money, so they would not be able to buy one. Are they going to be given out for free?

     In addition to this, if you were homeless and lived in one of these, where would you put it to not be in the way, say on the streets?

    Although you would not be classed as homeless when in one I guess. as I would consider this a mobile home, be it a very small one.

  • Richard Chastain

    Yeah, well.  Considering that you would probably have to have a permit to be allowed to sleep anyplace in the city, what homeless is going to be able to own one of these since the reason most people are homeless is because the don't have any money.  

  • Mark It With A T

    Yes, interesting... if, it was in a furniture warehouse.  I feel that it needs to "blend in with its surroundings".  If it's in the woods, this would definitely make curious people (of the law and not) want to inspect it from a closer perspective.

    The wheels also need to collapse like the shoes with the wheels in the heel to prevent others from wheeling it away while occupied or not.
    I could see something like this at a campsite in the "Not Totally Roughing It" section (in between "Native Sites" and "Sites with Picnic Tables").  
    Keep it far away from the "RV" areas because Johnny Knoxville, Bam, or Steve-O would definitely try to hook it up to their car and take you for a ride.

  • Just asking

    Wouldn't it be more durable and, in the long-run, cost effective to make them out of metal instead of wood?

  • Angie

    I think metal would radiate the cold in the winter time. I live in a metal house and the walls sweat. In winter it is very cold. But a solar heating and cooling might do the trick for this.

  • Dopper03

    Good idea, however I'd suggest making the wheels removable. So when the guy inside decides to sleep no one pushes him down a hill..Heyo