mobile homeless shelter
mar 23, 2010
mobile homeless shelter

full view of the mobile homeless shelter


design enthusiast, paul elkins, develops mobile units, and other small scale vehicles.
he previously designed the burning man bicycle camper and his latest development
is a mobile homeless shelter which he designed as part of a competition asking individuals
to meet the demands of the rapidly growing homeless society – a kind of substitute for the
grocery cart situation. elkins wanted his design construction to be a simple, light weight,
water tight insulated box on wheels, built with an area for displaying and selling handmade wares.



construction of the mobile homeless shelter



the shelter weighs 225 pounds when empty.
the roof acts as a rain catcher. when it starts raining, a valve is turned to stop the flow
of water to the collection tank to allow debris to be flushed from the roof. after a minute
of this cleaning process, the valve can be turned back on and collect free water.
when the tankis full, it has an overflow feature which allows excess water to drain to the ground.



the cart being built



still under construction – interior view



the shelter includes a sleeping / resting area, a kitchen and makeshift washroom.



kitchen area



kitchen area



spigot installed over the sink



overview of the kitchen and sitting area



simple storage solutions



a louver adjustment will be installed at the rear of the vehicle by the two vents in case of strong winds



a cooler is built into the kitchen counter, made from a two gallon water dispenser



this area is meant to act as a night stand, with a small storage compartment below



toilet seat storage and bucket. the mid section of the floor is movable which allows for ample room for use of the bucket.



interior view – kitchen transformed into a sitting area



demonstrating how to push the cart



preliminary computer sketch



preliminary computer sketch

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