Shipping Containers as Affordable Housing For Veterans

The United States Census Bureau indicates that there were approximately 18,800,000 veterans in America, according to most recent statistics from 2015. Out of roughly 330,000,000 United States citizens alive today, veterans make up 5.6% of the total American population. Unfortunately, even though veterans quite literally risked their lives to protect the sovereignty of the United States of America, they make up a significant portion of the homeless population.

While, at any given moment, about 560,000 Americans suffer from homelessness, 40,000 veterans don’t have homes. Why do veterans comprise 5.6% of America’s population, while 7.1% of people undergoing homelessness are veterans? It might not seem like a viable solution, although shipping containers – yes, you read that correctly – effectively function as affordable housing construction structures. Here’s how.

What are shipping containers, exactly?

Shipping containers aren’t small, sturdy boxes, or plastic Rubbermaid totes – rather, they’re utilized by cargo ships in transporting goods across oceans and other large waterways. Most shipping containers are either 20 or 40 feet in length, weighing, on average, 4,400 to 7,600 pounds, respectively. As you can see, they can reasonably be transported using tractor trailers and cranes.

How can super sized metal crates be safe and sufficient for housing?

These potential storage container houses are typically sturdy enough to hold between 60,000 and 65,000 pounds, for 20′ and 40′ models, respectively. When protected with high-quality yet affordable paint that stifles the oxidation process, otherwise causing rust, they often last longer than 25 years.

Do shipping containers even get diverted from their intended use?

Today’s commercial atmosphere is effectively globalized, with more than 17,000,000 sturdy, metal shipping containers spread evenly across the world. Organizations dealing with international commerce realize the need for affordable housing construction, often willing to sell off slightly used – if not entirely new – shipping containers. As these hefty metal crates hold tons of cargo, losing just one crate can result in significant financial loss. Rather than rolling the proverbial dice with subpar containers, transporters frequently sell them off to municipal governments, similar to the one you serve.

How can a house made from shipping containers even slightly resemble normalcy?

It’s likely you’re thinking something along the lines of “How can storage container houses even attempt to look like homes?” While the physical dwelling area of these units don’t resemble homes on their own, their affordability allow veterans to mend and bend several containers together, appealing to untrained eyes as traditional homes.

Shipping Container Tiny Home
Containers are often insulated with spray foam, either on the outside or interior, as they aren’t toxic to breathe in or touch. Plumbing is constructed through the ground, with bathrooms nestled in one corner of these quasi-homes. These relatively new building structures can feature quite literally everything “normal” homes do. Either way, don’t you think veterans would be safer, more satisfied, and happier living in hardy homes, rather than out and about in alleyways and on sidewalks?Government agencies are in prime condition to help lift veterans out of homelessness, one at a time, with house made from shipping containers. Help your locality, state, and nation by contacting one of our representatives at Saf-T-Box today.

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