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A home for those without

Build rooms and be a decent human
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Anti-homeless architecture includes such things as spikes on the ground, sprinklers on pavement, and hoops on benches, all intended to keep anyone from resting there. I, for one, consider it evil for the obvious reason.

Proposed is a kind of room for the homeless. A two and a half meter long, one meter wide room with a tiny sink and toilet and one outlet. It doesn't have to be pretty, well-insulated, or anything else, except that it can't be designed to prevent or discourage occupancy.

Proposed is a law making anti-homeless architecture illegal except where the architecture offers some reasonable density of homeless rooms. (for example one room per 15 meters of road facing storefront) The law would also render immune from litigation or prosecution the land owner, specifying that the room's resident is not a tenant of any kind and doesn't have squatter's rights, renter's rights, or the like. Harassment of the homeless by the owner can be prevented by existing laws. Collecting rent of any kind is, of course, forbidden as is telling anyone they may not live, move, or rest there.

Obviously there would be drug use, fights over territory, overcrowding, and the like but no more so than if the homeless were left out on the street without these rooms.

EDIT: So who cleans these rooms? The same people who clean cardboard boxes and under bridges. How are they secured? The same way tents are. Who brings out the dead? The same people who bring the dead out from behind dumpsters.

There will be a small, unavoidable additional maintenance cost in cleaning out and repairing abandoned or vandalized rooms but the primary objective here is to minimize the cost of providing a basic level of privacy and dignity to someone who is already homeless.
Voice, Jul 04 2022

https://en.wikipedi.../wiki/Capsule_hotel [a1, Jul 06 2022]

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https://www.seattle...-homeless-in-japan/ [a1, Jul 06 2022]

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       I share the sense of weary horror at anti-homeless architecture, [Voice], although I'm not sure that this idea would make things better.   

       Part of the problem is overcrowding, especially in certain parts of the world, which include the South-East of England. For practical purposes, there is no environment there except the built environment, and the built environment is busy trying to do other jobs besides being a sleeping place of last resort. You can't sleep under a hedge where there are no hedges, or where they are all some kind of bonsai privet, or are just far too close to someone else's private space.   

       My contribution to a solution was to emigrate.
pertinax, Jul 06 2022
  

       I'm gonna bun anything at least trying to address the vexing problem of homelessness. [+]
doctorremulac3, Jul 06 2022
  

       So you propose upcycling of current architecture to house a homeless person, perhaps an unleased unit in a strip mall? Would certainly be nicer to look at than the current practice of utilizing shipping containers.
whatrock, Jul 06 2022
  

       //upcycling of current architecture to house a homeless person, perhaps an unleased unit in a strip mall?//

A strip mall typically has a lot of street-facing space so under my proposal they'll have to to better than one. About one per two shops, perhaps. A typical strip mall shop could house six in the proposed conditions.
Voice, Jul 06 2022
  

       One huge barrier to fixing the problem is a pervasive idea that if a person isn't doing all he can to afford at least basic housing he should be homeless; that basic dignity is something to be earned.
Voice, Jul 06 2022
  

       A few problems with this one.   

       Security will be an issue so locks would be needed. You'd want to make sure that these locks are on a timer because a small percentage of residents will die on any given night and their little apartment would be a tomb.   

       Who's going to clean them?
The units, not the homeless, that's a separate issue.
  

       //Security will be an issue so locks would be needed.//

You've misunderstood the idea. It's not to provide stable housing, it's to provide public spaces where homeless people can rest. Actual housing needs a huge amount of administration, maintenance, and other expenses.

The idea is not an attempt to solve homelessness (so perhaps the title is bad) but an attempt to alleviate the worst of the suffering it causes. People will still be homeless. They will still be living rough. There will still be most of the unpleasantness that comes with that. So who cleans these rooms? The same people who clean cardboard boxes and under bridges. How are they secured? The same way tents are. Who brings out the dead? The same people who bring the dead out from behind dumpsters.

There will be a small, unavoidable additional maintenance cost in cleaning out and repairing abandoned or vandalized rooms but the primary objective here is to minimize the cost of providing a basic level of privacy and dignity to someone who is already homeless. More permanent and humane solutions are outside the scope of this idea.

Maintenance can be minimized by building the rooms with easily replaced material (eg. a wooden box of appropriate size that can be swapped out as needed) or very sturdy material (eg. reinforced concrete)
Voice, Jul 06 2022
  

       Ah. I see. I'm not sure there is a cure in the short term.   

       The way I see it homeless people might make up a majority of humans in the not too distant future. Even many of those who own property outright will not be able to pay their property taxes as inflation outpaces worth, so for myself, I'm shooting for a passively powered self sustaining permaculture/village type approach, paid off and bill-free... other than taxes.   

       ...if we can hold on by the skin of our teeth long enough then the collapse I see around me will render this place sovereign and the only taxes will be local and paid to me to hold all this shit together until I die. Hopefully I've found a successor by then or folks are smart enough to elect a decent one instead of this shit-show we're being subjected to.   

       People in cities are in for a rough ride. I see soup kitchen lines for miles and folks not caring what's in their bowl-of-brown as long as they eat for another day.   

       It makes me sick the things I've seen coming for decades... and all because we're the species that forgets, and so we cycle until we remember.   

       Sad really.   

       I've been homeless twice. Once because of drugs and drinking, and the second time because I was jobless, homeless, and waiting for the government to extend Unemployment Benefits I was in San Fran with no car, and I didn't know anyone. My last job had been a "live-in" situation, and until the government got going I was without a penny.   

       Finally, I found another live-in position, and yes, that's when the checks restarted and I was rolling in the dough then. Ha.   

       I'm so blessed that neither time was now. Currently, in San Fransico, I wouldn't have had even the Shelter to go to for a bed and a meal. I would have been on the streets.   

       Looking back it scares me. "A two and a half meter long room," would have been a castle to me.
blissmiss, Jul 10 2022
  

       Wow Blissy, I had no idea. That sucks.   

       I'd be curious to ask your opinion of passing a law that people can't be moved off the street unless they've been given an alternate place to live with adequate food, shelter and medical care. The idea, in theory anyway, is it would incentivize cities to not sweep their homeless problem under the rug by just moving them to another city, which is what currently happens quite often.   

       Santa Cruz has a famous homeless problem that's gotten at least a little better and I was asking a resident what happened. Turns out the surrounding cities were just sending their homeless to Santa Cruz till Santa Cruz told them to knock it off.   

       The idea is that you can't do that. You've got homeless, you can only move them to a safe place to live, nowhere else. It would be a simple law but it would profoundly change how the homeless are dealt with. Would it help? I have absolutely no idea.   

       Your opinion on this matters much more than somebody who hasn't experienced homelessness so I'd be very curious to hear your thoughts.
doctorremulac3, Jul 10 2022
  
      
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