Mayor of Birmingham offers micro-shelters for homeless people

Homeless people in Birmingham could get up to 100 small, prefabricated homes with heating and air conditioning, plus a desk and a bed, under a proposed pilot scheme.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will present the “Home for All” plan to City Council on January 10, AL.com reported on Friday. The proposal calls for the establishment of micro-shelters in safe private communities, according to the outlet.

If the purchase is approved, Pallet Shelter will build the lockable houses, which are made with aluminum frames, fiberglass reinforced plastic and a foam core. A city statement called the Everett, Wash.-based company a “leader in rapid-response shelter villages.”

Thousands of people in 63 shelter communities across the country have used the company’s units, the outlet reported. Pallet Shelter said assembly takes less than an hour.

The plan is a step towards solving the housing crisis in Birmingham. Organizers would also assess the needs of homeless people for future transitional and permanent housing plans.

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