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Homeless Hotel

I want to create a place for homeless people to be able to find shelter on a semi permanent basis, modelled after the Japanese Pod Hotel

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Hi my name is Reilly, my friends call me "Bear". I am 6 years old, but I have big ideas! My dad will be helping me with project logs and the work, but the ideas are mine (with some refining from my dad).

I want to create a place for homeless people to be able to find shelter on a semi permanent basis, modelled after the Japanese Pod Hotel concept. This would be done using cheap materials like concrete pipes, about 3m long, with an air vent and central heating/cooling.

An Earth mound will be used to cover the stacked pipes for extra insulation from the elements, and I would like to use my dad's urban farm system to grow fresh vegetables. I think that also having dairy goats and chickens on the "farm" would help in feeding the homeless, as well as giving them a job like in a kibbutz type system.

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Yunfan wrote 11/23/2017 at 06:00 point

actually i get that ideas years ago, it was inspired by elon musk's boring company. and when i consider that tunnel purpose, suddently i thought it could be use as home too. i think there should be two tube for one person, one for bedrom and privacy purpose, the other for all the rest , and for diary farm issue, i dont think this project should consider that, homeless people has many ideas on life style, you cant just keep them in one way. just provide them some help on sleep, if you want, you could grow potato and carrots nearby and feed them , but its an extra help

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greenaum wrote 06/03/2015 at 17:08 point

Just thinking more about the management... In my town, there's a soup kitchen operates out of a temporary prefab building on a patch of rough ground, every day at 6pm. They could perhaps manage padlocks and small issues. The second option might be, to have a homeless shelter use them as extra beds for emergencies. Place them in the yard behind the shelter building. A shelter I know of is staffed 24 hours, although night staff have their own bedroom to sleep in, they aren't awake through the night. An emergency intercom from these sleeper tubes could wake them though, and cameras with speakers out in the yard could let them make an assessment before leaving the building.

Homeless shelters, that I know of, also work on an "out-patient" basis. Rough sleepers can come in for a cup of tea, and most helpfully to have a shower and wash some clothes. As well as a bit of human contact. They could cover the people who would sleep in these mini-bedrooms, possibly the same people who otherwise would be sleeping rough. Although a few homeless people like to camp out away from town simply because they don't get on with humanity (can you blame them!?).

Also thinking, rather than supplying the tubes themselves, offer a service or a kit, to convert concrete tubes on-site. Saves a lot on warehousing and shipping! Since concrete pipe delivery is an already established infrastructure, and perhaps a kind construction company could drop off a few extra or unneeded pipes from a nearby building site. And get some nice publicity for doing so. And maybe a tax break.
Getting the conversion process down to a simple set of repeatable steps would be the thing. With minimal drilling into the pipe, just an internal mounting perhaps for the controls (Intercom / buzzer, lights, TV / security camera screen). Run the wires out through the wall at the top end of the pipe. Have the electronics be protected by something waterproof that slides into place if you need to hose it out. Capacitive touch switches would be good for tough no-maintenance controls, or the toughened switches used in some building intercoms. Although a vandal can't throw much of a punch or a kick inside a pipe!

Finally a thought on lights. Embedded LED lights, fixed in the wall, with one pointing the right way for a reading light. Maybe have that in a swivel mount. I realise it's not The Ritz but a few inexpensive touches can make life a lot nicer.

While most people would be glad of a facility like this, there will always be people who like to smash stuff, as well as people, up. Makes things more complicated and expensive, but unfortunately something that must be taken into account. Some people will try to steal a TV, just on the chance of getting 2 bucks for it. Perhaps you could miss out the TV, and even the security camera screen. Shame tho cos it would make a difference I think.

Also... lockers available, strong ones, for people's property. Either with combination locks or padlocks, combination being better cos no lost keys.

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greenaum wrote 06/03/2015 at 01:42 point

To be fair, you might wanna give up the pretense that a 6 year old is putting the work, ideas, and blogging into all of this. I was a pretty smart 6-year-old myself, and organised my class into building a dairy farm of our own. In Lego. 

It might have been an idea of Little Reilly's, it might not have been. But it's disingenuous to the point of annoying to pretend he's organising or building this thing. He's simply not capable of it, and there's nothing wrong in that, because he's 6.

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Paul Scott wrote 04/14/2016 at 13:07 point

As I said, it was his idea, I helped refine it a bit, but this came from him. I am in no way being disingenuous at all. I realise that a 6 year old (now 7) can't actually do the heavy lifting on a project like this, but this is something that he is very passionate about. He is also an autistic savant by the way, so he does a lot of big people thinking as a small person. I only helped create this project with him as an outlet to those ideas. Please, please, don't ruin this for him, he is very proud that people are looking at his idea and commenting.

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Michael wrote 06/02/2015 at 22:30 point

Wow, what a idea... You like to live there by yourself in a waste water tube ?? 

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davedarko wrote 06/02/2015 at 22:39 point

if it's warmer in the winter time and cooler in the summer time than on the outside and I got nowhere to go and could call this "my place", I would. Don't mock a six year old kid ;) You don't really need much to live and those japanese pods look quite nice - looks like camping and there are a lot of full-year campers.

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haydn jones wrote 06/02/2015 at 23:01 point

It's not much smaller than my home, and the bed isn't a triangle :)

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greenaum wrote 06/03/2015 at 02:05 point

Actually "my place" might be practical, given secure enough construction, a lock on the inside, and a padlock for each tenant. If that's the way you wanted to do it. That way, abusive tenants could be kept out. Might need thick plastic windows rather than glass.

This would benefit from a managed policy for tenants, rather than just ad-hoc first-come first-served. A homelessness charity might take the responsibility on.

For more security, a phone link to emergency services might be good, as might a small screen connected to security cameras. And maybe TV! You can get smallish LCD screens with video input for very little money now. Though it would complicate things somewhat, and need a power supply. Solar would be too fragile and expensive. Really a mains linkup would be vital, if it's going to have power. There could be no mains sockets inside, but a couple of USB sockets for charging phones.

It would also need nearby toilet facilities, or else end up stinking after a few days. Perhaps built near existing public toilets. Although the public would probably not want it too near anything they use regularly.


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davedarko wrote 06/03/2015 at 06:17 point

very good points IMHO! @greenaum 

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greenaum wrote 06/03/2015 at 01:54 point

I think the major problems with this would be security, and maintenance. Homeless people, unfortunately, are not often homeless simply through lack of a home. They're often people with severe mental health issues, ignored and abandoned since they can't afford to pay for treatment, and the government just won't put the money in to look after them. And since many public mental institutions are like underfunded rundown horrendous prisons, I can understand why someone wouldn't want to live in one, even if they had the chance. 

Society is to blame. We've really let down our weak and helpless, and criticising and blaming them for their own situation seems to be the best our consciences can come up with.

Places for homeless people, at least in the UK where I am, tend to have a lot of staff devoted to admin, and rehabilitating their clients, helping them with their problems. It needs a lot of staff, work, and money.

Still, it is better than sleeping out on the street, the alternative if you've nowhere else to go. I worry about fights, bullying, robbers, drinking and drugs and the mess they leave in a place. It might be safest to site these little homes in small groups of 2 or 3, wide apart from one another, to stop interpersonal problems from developing, and giving people a chance to just move to another one if their neighbours are abusing them.

I'd also give thought to maintenance and cleaning, they need to be able to be hosed out if needed, quickly and easily. Perhaps bedding and blankets could be supplied separately through some local charity office. Actually sleeping bags would be good.

Still, as a simple cheap place to stay, I think it's a good idea. Might also be adapted for things like refugee camps, and natural disasters, though something more portable than concrete would be needed. There might be valuable lessons to learn on infrastructure coming from this.

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