Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Everyone Deserves A Roof

Shelter from the storm and mobile too.  I think this is a great idea because it allows people to move around and keep their living space with them.  This is important in places like Arcata where there is an entire blog devoted to photographing the homeless and complaining that they don't move along. 
I have to thank pls8395 for posting this under my last blog. 
They cost about $500.00 and are way more usefull than a shopping cart.

This is from the website:
During the day, the EDAR unit is used to pursue the necessities of life. Personal belongings are secured by the use of locks. The front and back of the cart have storage baskets with removable canvas pouches. The unit is waterproof and provides protection for what it contains. EDAR's wheels are better than a supermarket cart's, being slightly larger and easier to steer in a consistent fashion. There are two brake and locking mechanisms which ensure the unit will not move on its own.

At night, the EDAR unit easily hinges out and down to Night Mode in less than 30 seconds, becoming a sleeping unit. Unfolding the unit allows it to lock in place as the flat metal base extends. The metal and wood base has a mattress and military-grade canvas cover, providing a robust tent-like shelter. The unit is flame-retardant, waterproof, windproof and helps protect from the elements. There are translucent windows that provides light and a view of the surrounding area. By re-folding the unit, the EDAR quickly returns to Day Mode,

I'd put up 10 percent or 50 bucks for one EDAR to any local Humboldt organization that wants to give it a try. If there were enough of these to really do some good, the idea could be expanded.

A trailer with laundry and showers that had access to city sewer, water and power would also go a long way. This would require a real commitment from cities or organizations to fund something like that but it would make such a difference in peoples lives.

At the same time, we could make the environment better by allowing space for the wash trailer and a some of these EDAR's to park overnight. Solar hot water on the trailer will help with costs. Only people with EDAR cards could use the facilities. The location could have a mail box and pay phone with answering machines for those with an EDAR card to have access. This gives a sense of belonging and responsibility to those in the program.
Better than unaffordable housing and paying to lock people up just because they don't have anywhere to sleep.

These little shelters would be an alternative to building tarp shelters in the forest and marshes that have to be cleaned up after they are abandoned or in some cases, while they are still being lived in.
Those involved could have to agree to bring only what can fit into the EDAR and be required leave after showers except for those that are there for their laundry day.

There are answers to making things better for the houseless, and people without so much as even a car, people that have nothing more than a few simple belongings and themselves.
Crazy ideas for crazy times.
It's time to do something about providing shelter from the storm.
I wonder how Tad would feel about this?


  1. I read about the EDAR's last year when some benefactor bought a bunch of them for homeless people in Seattle Washington.

    I believe the maker of these EDAR's also donates a percentage of sales to homeless people needing shelter.

    I did a post on my blog about EDAR's last year - wish I could remember the date. I had a great link to the person who made them.I'll see if I can find it.

    One more note: the price might as well be $5,000 dollars apiece - as most needy persons couldn't get that much cash together.

    However, groups, individuals, etc., could get together and purchase them. Then they could give them to a non-profit to give away.

  2. What an idiot I am! You posted that "great link" in the first sentence!

    I'll go drink coffee now and try to get alert.

  3. Tom,
    I can get behind this. I'll pony up $50 too even though I am on the brink of loosing my house. Can we get Walmart, Costco, and Rite-Aid to help? Any other businesses around that would like to help contribute to a solution, rather than the problem? Hey, let's make the banks pitch in! Alright, maybe that's a stretch. But some good can come out of these unfortunate circumstances.

  4. That's $100.00 to get things started if someone with a small grant want to take us up on it.
    Or anyone that wants to get the ball rolling.


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