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Humane Care Modular Temporary Shelters

Very small homes with central utility truck that serves up to 64 units.
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These lightweight, plastic 1 person emergency living units are 8ft long (the width of the semi truck that would transport them) 7 foot tall and 6 foot wide. They are hard plastic, can be transported 16 units at a time on a standard semi truck. They have a slightly rounded roof for rain to run off that fits into the slightly rounded floor to assist in keeping bundles of these securely fit together for transportation. They feature a bed, TV, simple food heater and bathroom featuring a toilet / shower combination like you have in private rooms in railroad train cars.

Their utilities, heating, cooling, water and sewer are all supplied by a central service truck. This truck can service up to 64 units. A utilities tube is hooked up to the back of the pods and runs to the central services truck parked in the middle of a group of these.

The truck is hooked up to a fire hydrant for water and has a tube running temporarily through a manhole into the nearest sewer. Its has a central water heating system, air conditioning system, heating system, pneumatic toilet sewer return system like used in airliners and cable TV hookup.

These are simple living units that provide the basics to survive and include the cable TV to make living in one a bit more comfortable. There are no electric power outlets as this might pose a safety hazard.

These can be used in 2 ways: 1) To house homeless populations and 2) as emergency shelters to be used during times that hospitals are overloaded.

They are comparatively inexpensive due to the fact that all the expensive systems, heating, cooling, sewer water and TV are contained in what I'll call the "mother ship" truck. They might be made with the same system used to create bathtub / shower combination overlays that are used speedily and in-expensively re-model bathrooms. (see link)

If we had these now, hospitals that are full could have their parking lots filled with these and up and running in a matter of hours.

Let me add that the truck also has food for all the people in its care. This would be in the nature of emergency rations, but people would eat 3 meals a day, be warm in winter, cool in summer, clean and with several hundred channels to watch on the TV, not completely bored.

To summarize: although small modular homes have been suggested, I haven't found any solutions that include the central utility supply truck that would make this practical.

doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020

Best example I could find. https://www.homedep...1370110-0/205218517
Still looking though. [doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020]

Dome Unit sleep pods for interim housing https://www.fastcompany.com/90426609
Truck-deliverable, not sure about the utility hookups. [Chairborne Hero, Mar 19 2020]

Prior art on a tall, narrow pod that rotates to a horizontal position for sleeping Refreshotelinder
by me. MIMA [notexactly, Mar 20 2020]

Franklin and the turkey https://arstechnica...ectrocute-a-turkey/
now that’s REAL electricity! [Chairborne Hero, Mar 21 2020]


       See link - DOME units ("sleep pods for interim housing") are designed to be trucked into place. 32 units on a 53-foot truck. You're probably on to something with supplying utility power from the truck that delivers them though.   

       Domeunit.com website is a bit slow to load for me so I linked an article about it from FastCompany instead.
Chairborne Hero, Mar 19 2020

       Yea, the idea is definitely the central utilities / food truck.   

       I think lack of this is what's keep these from working. I used to work in architectural systems design, that's what costs all the money. For instance, look at the cost of a garden shed, a few hundred bucks. Now turn it into a house. Not cheap, so doing it 64 times isn't really practical. Doing it once on a large scale with truck might make this work.   

       Speaking of which, these would be both strengthened and insulated by spray in expanding foam. The structure would have an interior and exterior shell.
doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020

       How do the users pay for their unit ?
8th of 7, Mar 19 2020

       // How do the users pay for their unit   

       Ask [chron] - I imagine he has an idea that the government will supply tokens for this. Nothing so gauche as real money.   

       In reality, this would only work if the company that builds these can sell to insurance agencies, relief organizations, or government entities who expect to want/need emergency housing. Probably on a contingency basis, a client agency would pay a nominal subscription fee to reserve one or more truck units on standby, with a bigger activation fee when they have to deploy.   

       I doubt those entities would bill individual occupants per unit. The Red Cross never charges people for blankets either.
Chairborne Hero, Mar 19 2020

       //How do the users pay for their unit ?//   

       These are taxpayer funded strategic disaster response items.
doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020

       Hmmm ...   

       Is there not a more cost-effective funding strategy available, based on - for example - looting ? Or users have to sign an option on body parts ?   

       // The Red Cross never charges people for blankets //   

       They're clearly missing a trick there.
8th of 7, Mar 19 2020

       Add a skylight and windows by the way. In the front and on one side so windows don't look in on the unit next to it.   

       Plastic double pane to increase insulation. In fact the whole unit could be made of clear plastic and the opaque sections could be made so by the expanding foam rigid insulation.   

       This method would allow some measure of sound proofing as well.
doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020

       Clear plastic is typically more expensive and less robust than coloured. It's also more vulnerable to UV embrittlement. We suggest grey/white colouration to limit solar gain, and protect against UV.   

       If this were modeled on a Portaloo, but able to be quickly and easily tipped horizontal for sleeping, the density could be considerably increased,   

       We still consider providing these units free of charge may represent poor policy; if they can get near-acceptable accommodation for nothing, what inducement will poor people in far-away hot countries have to work for starvation wages making consumer goods for the wealthy ?
8th of 7, Mar 19 2020

       Yea, but having sheets of clear plastic you vacuum mold into shape might make it worth while. These have to be stamped out and cheap to actually get made.   

       If we start adding features like separate fixtures, windows etc it just won't happen. Keep in mind, these are competing against tents.
doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020

       Indeed; that's the "half-baked" part ...
8th of 7, Mar 19 2020

       // ...funding strategy ... looting ? Or users have to sign an option on body parts ? //   

       "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?"   

       And on Red Cross not charging for blankets, "clearly missing a trick there" -- I *knew* you would say that, almost to the exact words.
Chairborne Hero, Mar 19 2020

       We strive for consistency....   

       // "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" //   

       No coal to be hewn, no chimeys to be swept, no expensive trainers to be hand-sewn ? What of the oakum-picking trade ? Is there no call for pure-finders* or night-soil men ?   

       All the old skills are being lost.... tragic.   

       *Look it up if you dare; it's disgusting.
8th of 7, Mar 19 2020

       I admit I had to lookup "oakum" (good scrabble word, thanks!) but I'm familiar with the other "old skills" you mention. Time change and there's no great loss there.
Chairborne Hero, Mar 19 2020

       I'm guessing that it's "night-soil men" I should probably just guess about.
doctorremulac3, Mar 19 2020

       No, it's the other one ...   

       // no great loss //   

       Unless, that is, you find yourself in need of a supply of pure, and have to go out and find it yourself.   

       Then again, you could always subscribe to some News International titles instead - it would amount to the same thing.
8th of 7, Mar 19 2020

       There should be an electrical outlet, though I don't object to it being a GFCI or similar one. How else are people going to charge their phones and laptops? Even homeless people commonly have cell phones these days.   

       // If this were modeled on a Portaloo, but able to be quickly and easily tipped horizontal for sleeping, the density could be considerably increased //   

       *Ahem* [link]
notexactly, Mar 20 2020

       // How else are people going to charge their phones and laptops? //   

       Rent them photovoltaic panels.   

       Better, have rows of stationary bicycles attached to a lineshaft and then a generator (a single large generator is more efficient than many small ones). Torque sensors meter energy input, earning credit to offset against use of chargers.   

       On the end of the lineshaft there can be a big abrasive wheel, just right for grinding the faces of the poor.   

       Pedalling away will keep the occupants of the modules fit, busy, out of trouble, and too physically tired to be troublesome.   

       We like this concept more and more...
8th of 7, Mar 20 2020

       // How else are people going to charge their phones and laptops? //   

       OK, I'll add a USP charger port.   

       No 110. (or 220)
doctorremulac3, Mar 20 2020

       How about a 12V DC bus ? That can be switched up to a couple of kV, for the painful electric shocks to get them off their beds and onto the stationary bicycles....
8th of 7, Mar 20 2020

       I doubt people will want to charge their United States Pharmacopeia-listed medicines. A USB port would be fine for phones and new laptops (if it's the right kind), but what about old laptops? Providing a 19.5 V DC cord with a handful of tips would be sufficient, I guess. But what's wrong with normal power? People don't get hurt from that very often in regular housing.
notexactly, Mar 20 2020

       You've never stayed in one of our rental properties, have you, [not] ?
8th of 7, Mar 20 2020

       Being alive and mostly intact, I doubt it.
notexactly, Mar 20 2020

       It certainly fits the observed facts.
8th of 7, Mar 20 2020

       // But what's wrong with normal power? People don't get hurt from that very often in regular housing.   

       Maybe not in the USA. But in the UK they have REAL electricity and it can kill you - as my late* father- in-law once explained to me, extolling the benefits of 230V, 50Hz and why everything else was different there.   

       * it wasn't the current that killed him, it was my mother-in- law's cooking.
Chairborne Hero, Mar 20 2020

       The Yanks had Ben Franklin, who (allegedly) got away with playing with a kite in a thunderstorm, and the Brits had the altogether more thoughtful Mick Faraday, who also produced electricity but significantly also gave much thought to the importance of not dying in the process.   

       There has historically been a notable divergence in approach to electrical safety on different sides of the Atlantic...
8th of 7, Mar 20 2020

       Franklin may or may not have done the kite experiment - but he did try to electrocute a turkey. Funnier and better documented story (link) than the kite one.
Chairborne Hero, Mar 21 2020


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