Pods for the People - making accommodation pods for the homeless

By Container of Dreams

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“Pods for the People”

Container of Dreams pilot project - fabricating sleeping pods to house the homeless.

On any given night in Australia over 50 000 women are homeless. One in two women are turned away from crisis centres forcing them to sleep rough, increasing their chances of experiencing violence, robbery and sexual assault.

It’s a really scary place to be, on the streets without any shelter.

Our sleeping pods can save lives.

We want to establish a manufacturing workshop to develop and provide accommodation and emergency shelter for those in need. Once established our workshop will provide training, work opportunities and assistance to the disadvantaged. 

Stage One of the project will be to provide the completed pods as emergency accommodation for women in need in regional and rural Australia. With Stage 2 expected to provide micro-business opportunities and mentoring to women to foster self-esteem and financial independence.

Container of Dreams aim is to provide creative temporary housing options while continuing to work towards our long-term goal of providing permanent, affordable housing to the disadvantaged.

To do this we need your help...

Homelessness is on the rise in Australia. Some 116,400 Australians are without a home — the highest number since the census began estimating the prevalence of homelessness.

Our project is to build sleeping pods for the homeless in Northern NSW, with a priority to assist women. We want to purchase a set of fabrication moulds in order to manufacture accommodation capsules. This campaign will allow us to purchase the fibreglass moulds for the production process.

A similar project piloted in the UK has seen the pods hailed as "life-savers" for the support they've given rough sleepers in the city.
Helen Lloyd-Jeng, from charity Amazing Grace Spaces - says the innovative solution have helped save lives: "The pods have saved six people.That is amazing. It gives us a sense of purpose and shows that the pods really do work."

Women are the fastest growing group of homeless in Australia, particularly those over the age of 50, which has seen a 31 per cent increase since 2011. In addition, women experiencing homelessness as a result of domestic violence is escalating in Australia with temporary accommodation currently at critical levels. Sleeping rough increases chances of becoming victims of crime including experiencing violence, robbery and sexual assault. Many homeless women are vulnerable and live in fear on the streets.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

Our ‘Sleeping Pods’ will provide much needed safety and security to these women. We are going to create modular sleeping pods to offer as a safe haven to women and others who are sleeping rough so they can #dosswithdignity.

The capsules can function as individual shelters or as a community of pods. The intent is to work closely with charitable organisations to donate a pod or community of pods to an area. As these will be a temporary shelter for the homeless, the charities will manage the general maintenance and monitor the pod availability for the homeless community.

 And how it’s going to change the world?

It may not change the world but it will change the world for one person...

...or two, or three, or six... (you get the idea...) 

Together we can change their world!

You can join us

The production moulds cost $12000. We want to raise this so that we can secure their purchase. Help us raise the $12K to kick start our project by supporting our campaign.

Any additional funds raised will go towards workshop setup, tools and equipment.

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without

Be a Handprint Hero or how about an individually hand-crafted cardboard caravan. Why not even pre-purchase your very own pod!

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Team Members

Clare Urquhart

Container of Dreams