16 homeless people have a safe place to stay inside a single 40-foot shipping container. The container rooms are heated, lit and provide hot water, while they also come equipped with smoke detectors and bathrooms that are accessible to the handicapped. The shipping container is subdivided into eight rooms for the homeless with two beds per room. There is also an office for two trained staff members so someone could be on site to admit and care for the homeless seeking shelter.
Because homelessness is such a huge social issue many cities are making park benches that turn into shelters. Rather than just ignoring the issue of the homelessness, some people are trying to make small efforts to help.
California nonprofit organization, Cardborigami, has created a simple solution to a complex problem. Inspired by origami principles of construction and folding, Tina Hovsepian designed a temporary homeless shelter that is constructed out of cardboard. The biodegradable and recyclable structure is both water-resistant and flame-retardant. Shelters can be constructed by two people in just a half hour. Once constructed, it is easily collapsible and transportable.