MicroPAD the tiny-home solution for homelessness

Homelessness is still an increasing problem especially in big cities. One example is San Francisco, where the number of houseless people is growing all along. The local company Panoramic Interests has invented a kind of Tiny Apartments named MicroPad (Prefabricated Affordable Dwelling) which might be a solution to this problem as an alternative to expensive rents in traditional flats. The units are so constructed that they can be easily stacked onto each other. The Tiny Apartments are really small with about 14 square meters, but alt though they include a cooking area and a bathroom.

Up to 12 floors

The MicroPAD-units can be easily stacked on each other and can get up to 12 floors, depending on the area they are placed in. In the ideal concept they should be inserted into gap sites between huge buildings, which are usually very unattractive places for city-constructors or architects. Doing this, money from unused areas can be saved and the grounds will be used in a good manner. MicroPAD-units can also be fixed on existing buildings, car parks or similar.

The Tiny Apartments are 2,7 meters high and every centimeter is carefully measured and used clever. The bathroom includes a shower and a toilet. The bed can easily be transferred into a sofa and even a small desk is introduced. You will also find enough storage place for your stuff. If its necessary the apartment can also be adapted to the norms of disabled people.

Fight against homelessness

Panoramic Interest will introduce its test project soon in San Francisco. If it finds enough appreciation, the apartments will be manufactured locally and constructed by the same company. The finished MicroPADs are then going to be rented by the city. The rent is going to be 1000€ per month per unit. (It costs the city $30,000 a year for one bed in an alternative shelter.)

The inventors have also concerned the problem of the earthquakes that often appear in San Francisco and they secure, that the MicroPAD can be reconstructed by half the time as traditional buildings. Furthermore are the costs of the reconstruction 40% lower than in traditional buildings. Are these enough advantages for introducing MicroPAD apartments? Time will show what the government decides.






7 thoughts on “MicroPAD the tiny-home solution for homelessness

  1. Avatar melihdagistanli says:

    MicroPads can be a great solution for not only homeless people but also for ordinary people. Housing and rental costs are skyrocketed in all over the World and not only homeless people suffer from that problem. The creators of this project underline the fact that they can build tiny blocks which will accommodate hundreds of people and they offer to do it very short time. I think that those kind of initiatives should be supported by governments and public organizations to heal the wounds of housing crisis.

    • Avatar imysliwiec says:

      Yeah i think so too that it could be also a good solution for young people not wanting to spend that much money on rent. As we can see the living conditions in it are pretty good and also the locations are great because they are in the city center 😉

  2. Avatar Enrico Di Stefano says:

    I think that is an interesting idea but it isn’t the first time that a company tries to make something similar. In my opinion the project is useful and useless at the same time.
    I could be considered a cynical person but it is an expensive solution for homeless because they are used to live in that way, I mean they may not want to live there, so it might be an unnecessary expense for the Government.
    I think if the company wants to make money it has to change its target market, because looking at pictures these tiny-houses seem cool and they are expensive, the perfect mix to offer to “rich people to give their children some privacy”, people who want to live a minimalist lifestyle or people who want to seem cool.

    Another solution could be the one implemented in Detroit, with a further target.(http://uk.businessinsider.com/detroit-tiny-home-neighborhood-rent-to-own-2016-10?r=US&IR=T)

    In the end, I think that the best solution for homeless people isn’t to give them just these type of houses but the Government should also provide a rehabilitation program because often these people need psychological support.

    • Avatar imysliwiec says:

      You are right, that they might not want to life in this flats. I think the “rehabilitation program” you mentioned could be, giving them this kind of flat and a job. It costs the government 30k a year to shelter a homeless person, so maybe giving them a job and this flat could be a better solution.

  3. Avatar Chiara Canzutti says:

    I think that this is a good idea, but i’m agree with Enrico, there are a lot of problems. Furthermore, I have read in an article that they would like to build an entire city block.
    We may think it is a no-brainer, but can you imagine when they set these up in your neighborhood?
    I think part of the problem is that we keep them together. While this is an easy fix, the better fix would be trying to intergrate them back by somehow splitting them up into way smaller groups and then giving these groups opportunities to earn some money and make them feel valuable.
    Putting all of them in one place is a bad idea.
    The way to do it is an even distribution of dwellings around the city.

    • Avatar imysliwiec says:

      Great point! Havent thought about the problem that neighbors could be anoyed with that many people who cant handle their life! For sure this is a disadvantage that should be checked again!

  4. Avatar mskorodzien says:

    Wow, I think this idea is great and it looks so pretty, much more better than traditional places, which are dedicated to homeless people. But generally creating this kind of areas in big cities is great option, cause it s clean, have all neccessary staff inside and it s affordable. It is much better option than renting a standard flat, which sometimes for one person is too expensive. I’m really impressed of MicroPADs functionality, all important staff located on 14 square metres. In case of that neighborhood it s quite sensitive topic, because creating a set of MicroPADs and doing sth like a city far away from the others sounds a bit like discrimination, cause if all of MicroPAds users want to win with their homelessness they should functioning in the normal environment among poeple, who can be a role model for them.

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