mobile homeless shelter
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.



mobile homeless shelter 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.



mobile homeless shelter the cart being built



mobile homeless shelter still under construction – interior view



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



mobile homeless shelter kitchen area



mobile homeless shelter kitchen area



mobile homeless shelter spigot installed over the sink



mobile homeless shelter overview of the kitchen and sitting area



mobile homeless shelter simple storage solutions



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



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



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



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



mobile homeless shelter interior view – kitchen transformed into a sitting area



mobile homeless shelter demonstrating how to push the cart



mobile homeless shelter preliminary computer sketch



mobile homeless shelter preliminary computer sketch

  • This this is an AWESOME idea. Who say’s homeless don’t have laptops? Raise your standards there a bit 😉

  • Good, cleaver design thinking, but bad premises. Let the efforts go into providing real homes, not band-aids.
    It can be done.

    Seth Joseph Weine
  • The ‘yurt’ in a hand cart would offer more effective shelter.The thought that this is what we are looking at as a solution to ‘homelessness’ in the 21st Century is heartbreaking.What about fewer illegal wars and excerpting some responsibility for all our race!

    Peter Keane
  • @Psycho, please speak for yourself. I was homeless for over a year when my job vaporized and I don’t see how anyone could ever want to be in that situation. Although I think this box is not anywhere near a solution and yes homelessness is a social problem, so is drunks which spend all day bumming from people and then sleep in the woods after getting toasted.

    not homeless now
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