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Shelter - US

The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about shelter.


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L.A. to Declare 'State of Emergency' on Homelessness, Commit $100 Million


Annie Moody adjusts belongings next to her tent on Towne Avenue at 6th Street in Los Angeles. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times) - by Peter Jamison, David Zahniser and Matt Hamilton - September 22, 2015

Los Angeles elected leaders announced Tuesday that they will declare a “state of emergency” on the growing homelessness problem in the city and commit $100 million toward housing and other services for homeless people.

The proposal, which was presented at a City Hall press conference attended by City Council members and Mayor Eric Garcetti, coincides with a Garcetti administration proposal, issued late Monday, that aims to free up nearly $13 million in newly anticipated excess tax revenue for short-term housing initiatives.

If approved, the pair of initiatives could significantly increase the resources dedicated to tackling homelessness in a city where the majority of the 26,000 homeless people live on the streets.


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Hexayurt Shelter

(originally posted November 10, 2012)

A hexayurt is a shelter designed for people with a small housing budget.

The Hexayurt can be made from about $300 of materials from Home Depot, plus about $100-150 of mail-ordered tape. Depending on the construction technique, it takes 4-8 hours to prepare at home and 1-4 hours of assembly at your destination.

Here are the specifics on the 8 ft. version (aka H12) . . .

From the 8' Hexayurt instructions, you can probably learn to make any other hexayurt design.  Here is a photo of  the 12 ft. version (aka H18) . . .

Here is additional information on the Hexayurt shelter . . .

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America's Homeless: The Rise of Tent City, USA


Homeless encampments known as "tent cities" are popping up across the country. - by Blake Ellis - May 16, 2014

Formed as an alternative to shelters and street-living, these makeshift communities are often set up off of highways, under bridges and in the woods. Some have "mayors" who determine the rules of the camp and who can and can't join, others are a free-for-all. Some are overflowing with trash, old food, human waste and drug paraphernalia, others are relatively clean and drug-free.


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Reaction Housing - Exo

submitted by Deirdre Darragh


The Exo Housing Unit

The Exos are base housing units that make up the foundation of the Reaction housing system. They provide private living and sleeping quarters for a family of four within a climate-controlled environment. An Exo is durable enough to be stored on a long-term basis and stacks for efficient storage and transportation. Electrical power is delivered via a connector line that powers each unit's lighting and four wall outlets. The Exo's design allows for numerous configurations to meet any need or deployment condition.

Setting Up the Exo

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NOMAD Micro Homes

NOMAD’s living room, kitchen, bathroom, stair, bedroom, and storage are all seamlessly integrated: a stair doubles as a kitchen, a window adds light to one area and a higher ceiling to another, a bathroom doubles as a shower, storage that can be used as seating, and so on. These features are not obvious at first glance, but each one is essential to NOMAD's livability.

NOMAD "Live" becomes NOMAD "Zero" when the following pre-engineered sustainable features are added: 
Solar Power
Composting Toilet
Rainwater Collection
Grey Water Treatment

They also offer upgrades . . .
Increased Wall and Roof Insulation
High Wind Loading
Triple Glazing

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Sleeping Bag Coat for the Homeless Finds Fans in the Fashion World - by William Harless - May 6, 2013

A few years ago, Veronika Scott, now 23, set up a coat manufacturing business in a graffiti-covered building in an old Irish manufacturing neighborhood of Detroit. She had a few sewing machines and a drive to help the homeless.

She wanted to make a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag, originally intended just for Detroit's homeless. But when she presented it at Aspen Fashion Week a year ago, some in the audience asked where they could get their own coats.

State Expropriation for New Hospital Includes Those Who Rebuilt After Katrina : by Bill Barrow;  September 21, 2010

Like tens of thousands of New Orleanians, Barbara and Larry Dillon returned after Hurricane Katrina to find their home ravaged by water that a government-built levee system did not contain.

Many months later, the couple accepted $51,000 from the taxpayer-financed Road Home program and, combined with insurance proceeds, restored their South Tonti Street home, resettling in May 2007.

Now, less than three years later, the Dillons are about to accept a buyout -- financed by the same federal Community Development Block Grant sources as the Road Home -- to leave their home, as the state and federal governments prepare to build adjacent hospitals on 70 acres in lower Mid-City.


New Jersey Closely Watched New Orleans Eminent Domain Deadline in 2006

“We have to watch the redevelopment in New Orleans for a lot of reasons, and one of them is to make sure that the shadow government of the rich and the powerful does not end up abusing eminent domain to take property that belongs to poor people in order to get them out of the city.” – U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, San Francisco Chronicle (Sept. 21, 2005)

As reported yesterday on, Stephen Bradberry, head organizer for ACORN New Orleans, and Jeffrey Buchanan, communications officer of Center for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, wrote:


Collision Works is a Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Slated For Detroit

Conceptual art of Detroit's planned Collision Works.Image: Conceptual art of Detroit's planned Collision Works. - September 7th, 2012 - Bridgette Meinhold

We just got wind of an exciting new project for Detroit - a boutique shipping container hotel, co-working facility and community event space all wrapped into one. Construction will begin on Collision Works in 2013 and the facility will support the arts and food-centric Eastern Market community. The multidisciplinary design group, which includes New York architecture firm KOOP.AM, wants to provide a place for travelers as well as space for the community to gather, collaborate and forge a new future for Detroit.


Intentional Communities

submitted by Susan Steinhauser

Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, intentional living, alternative communities, cooperative living, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision.

This web site serves the growing communities' movement, providing resources for starting a community, finding a community home, living in community, and creating more community in your life.



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