Container homes for the homeless
Ben wrote last week about a BBC article on housing the homeless in converted shipping containers, saying what a good idea it was.
I duly did a tweet out about the article, and was staggered a few hours later to see how much attention it had got.
Seldom, maybe never, has a tweet of mine been so re-tweeeted or received so many comments.
It obviously struck a chord.
Some of the comments were more or less positive:
@cherrymushrooms Creative thinking. Love the idea
@gerrydrabble Hmm, thats a er “novel” idea,,very strange but ingenious idea though
@allomac it’s true I am afraid, it is not as bad as it sounds & better than being on streets or in rented & only temp.
u can actually make shipping containers into great living areas, look on line to see what can b achieved
would love 2 c & visit them. I think they r a good idea, esp 2 solve sh-term housing problems
@Sucled sounds awful, but isn’t it better than sleeping on the streets, if used as stop gap?
@drleatongray It entirely depends on the quality of the refit. I have seen them used as luxury pop up shops too.
Pop up shops and restaurants near Hoxton beautifully converted, inspiring stuff.
@neave Far from ideal but surely better than living on the streets. Containers not bad when converted.
@calidore65 if like an ‘encampment policy’ then alarming. Though can be well re-designed. Check out examples on the web.
@hedgepixie Other cities; PLEASE LEARN!
@gekalte Can be attractive mnn.com/your-home/remo… but located on contaminated land not acceptable :-/
@chris1966 Idea of prefab single bed homes not worrying it’s the fact they are on land that is unsuitable for housing
@marlonpfallon I’ll take one, can’t be much worse than most private rented overpriced housing?
@woolston53 Brilliant idea.
@tezisold Fitted out properly and with services they make excellent ready made rooms and are cheap.
Went to restaurant in PI made fitted out containers from inside you would not know
And others less so
@tonymac99 So what next for the rapscallion homeless ? Prison Ships ? Perhaps an isolated island. #obscene
@skmbr And silently craned onto ships in the dead of night?
@ProfMESmith And then delivered where – Australia?
@CliffordRoger maybe the UN could send over some tents
@KarenPBuckMP Please God, no
@sphenfan what kind of people are running this once proud country of ours ,tory boys ,eaton rules
@gillbrown7 gives a whole new meaning to being thrown on the scrapheap.
@exportaid Out of sight out of mind. People will either die of cold or lack of oxygen. Even to think of it is a disgrace
@ericburrows Next step hulks for the homeless like the old ship prisons.. History repeats
@tcyJimB is that before they get transported to Australia???? ;-)
Using contaminated land is perhaps less than ideal but living on the street is even less ideal. At least people have a roof over their heads and somewhere to call their own.
Then it is using up something we already have – disused shipping containers. See this website >> here for example, for more on their potential.
To rent a ‘proper’ property in the private sector, you generally need to have fairly high earnings and a good credit record. Many people do not have this - often through no real fault of their own, and so find it impossible to move on.
Having the chance to live in one of these little homes could really help people get a grip on their lives and sort themselves out. Some of them look quite nice too – see the video >> here about container homes in East London.
Maybe we also need a service such as >> this one I spotted in in America, which could help people build their credit rating – an idea perhaps for someone wanting to develop a new banking service?
Problems need imaginative solutions
We have a housing problem. Everyone knows it. Not enough is being done about it.
This is something being done. I think it should be applauded.