Marketplace introduced me to the idea of the convertible shopping cart the other morning. The problem is that people need a place to live, and that a decent shelter can be provided by working off the form of the shopping cart. By providing a personal place for people, homeless people can begin to regain their dignity. EDAR, or Everyone Deserves A Roof, has developed an early production model that can begin to address the problem.
This system could also provide a good solution to temporary housing following disasters, it is enclosed, sits off the ground, folds up and provides some storage for personal effects. People can participate in the project by donating a unit or more to organizations in need.