For those of you who aren’t familiar with coroplast, it is the stuff that they make all those campaign signs out of, it basically looks like corrugated cardboard, but made out of plastic. I have always like this stuff because of it’s properties. First off, it is cheap, it is really durable, you can buy it in many sizes including 4′ x8′ sheets. It is flexible but really strong, since it is made out of plastic it is water proof and cleans really easy, it’s also pretty light and the air gap gives some insulation properties.
So when I saw this sub $100 22lb house for homeless or emergency recovery shelter I was pretty excited. In 50″ stack of coroplast sheets you can build 50 houses, assemble them quickly with zip strips, it is pretty amazing. The other thing I realized is that these things can be easy to clean. In the event of disasters or homeless use these things will get pretty dirty over time, but you would be able to take a standard garden sprayer with a bleach water mix and sanitize the thing in 2-3 minutes.
Many of you many not know, but I work for a non-profit where my goal is to alleviate poverty. I mention this because I often talk about how Tiny Houses can be used to solve the homeless problem. While this is a very complicated issue surrounded by very complex issues and problems, I still like to highlight interesting houses for the homeless.
Today we have Cardboargami, a collapsible shelter made from cardboard. While cardboard isn’t the greatest material, it is cheap and if done right, can hold up with a tarp. There are two versions: a two person and a larger group model.
There has been discussion swirling around using Tiny Houses for meeting the needs of homeless populations. I found this great Tiny House that can also address these needs.
Homeless Chateau is fabricated from standard 4 x 8 and 4 x 4-foot sheets of plywood, OSB and construction signs, and can be knocked down, transported flat, and erected quickly and easily with just a screwdriver. Once assembled, the structure can be moved around the host space on its casters and then set in place with a temporary foundation–two bricks under the front. Homeless Chateau can be easily reconfigured and combined to make dual-occupancy and eight-foot-tall structures.