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.